How will the Affordable Care Act change my Medicare coverage?

One major change has already been put into place — Preventive Care. Medicare started covering this type of service in 2011, and the shared cost of various appropriate services was eliminated. Another change, which came into effect in 2010, deals with savings in the drug coverage gap. If you reached the gap in 2010, you were issued a one-time rebate. In 2011, the coverage gap featured a 7 percent discount on name-generic drugs and a 50 percent discount on brand-name pharmaceuticals. These kinds of savings are expected to continue until the gap is closed in 2020.

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