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  •  A couple of things: (1+ / 0-)
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    One part of the President's budget proposal for Medicare is for Medicare to pay the lower Medicaid amount for dual eligible seniors for pharmaceuticals. He should extend this proposal to all Medicare beneficiaries but it is a big step in the right direction, especially since next year many more seniors will be dual eligible.

    One question - I do not understand this sentence:

    This frequently means no prescription drug coverage and not having real access to preventive care that would actually improve health, despite being covered by Medicare Parts A and B, and perhaps even a Medigap policy.
    Since Part B does include preventive care, why would anyone with Part B not have access to preventive care? President Obama increased Medicare benefits quite significantly through the ACA: free annual physical including lab work, free yearly mammograms, free one time DEXA scan (bone density), PSA, flu shots, screening colonoscopy, AA screening for those who are at risk, closing the donut hole... this is not a complete list.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 06:05:23 AM PDT

    •  Well...have access to preventive check-ups and (0+ / 0-)

      tests for early detection of diseases doesn't help all that much if one doesn't have affordable access to the prescription drugs that might help treat whatever is learned from said check-ups and said tests.  Tests and check-ups aren't treatments.  Therefore, without the prescription drugs included in the equation, we really don't have preventive care.

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