Medicare Changes

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Medicare may not be perfect but until this program is changed it is what we have currently. Medicare has gone through changes since its inception in 1965. The most significant legislative change to Medicare--called the Medicare Modernization Act or MMA--was signed into law President George W. Bush, on December 8, 2003 (CMS, 2013). In a country with a complex healthcare system, a healthcare system that is a hot political stand for every presidential candidate and for each side to have valid arguments for and against is to be expected. But to say that Medicare is heading for disaster can be a stretch. Baby boomers who are entering Medicare eligibility age should not fret; there will be doctors there to service them and Medicare to pay those doctors. …show more content…

Access to Medicare services to the implementation of Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, some say that some will have difficulty finding doctors to accept new Medicare patients and to think that the service provided to Medicare beneficiaries will decline is also a myth. Looking at the findings from the 2011 Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey Access to Care research files, one can see the care given to Medicare beneficiaries. In 2011, 96.7 percent of surveyed Medicare beneficiaries claimed that they were satisfied with the quality of care given, which is an increase from 95.1 percent, just ten years ago (CMS, 2012). Giving their doctors good to excellent ratings for the services they provided to them while in their care. These beneficiaries are those who have private health insurance and also expect access to healthcare when Obamacare is implemented next year. But Medicare is gearing up to keep with the coming changes with plans to help beneficiaries. First thing beneficiaries should know is that Medicare is protected, so beneficiaries have the same coverage they had this year, regardless if it’s traditional Medicare or Medicare Advantage Plan. Medicare now covers certain preventive services, like mammograms or colonoscopies, without charging you for the Part B coinsurance or deductible, to include free wellness visits (Medicare, 2013). This is not the only good news; Obamacare ensures Medicare protection for another 12-year through 2029. Doctors will see more support from CMS programs through new initiatives and resources to support care coordination (Medicare,

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