Now that the Trump administration is officially drafting and signing executive orders, many seniors are wondering what is going to happen to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA has helped thousands of seniors throughout the country gain access to vital medical care, and the Trump administration has claimed it will repeal the act as soon as possible. While there are still quite a few unknown variables, seniors and their caregivers should be aware of their options in the coming years.
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What the Experts Say
A number of leading public health programs throughout the country have initiated studies to determine what could happen if the ACA is repealed. One team at The Milken Institute School of Public Health has claimed that repealing the ACA with no replacement program could double the number of uninsured citizens and increase taxes for low-income families. They also state that over 2.6 million jobs will be lost across the country with a $2.6 trillion reduction in business output. Based on these figures, one of the most important questions is whether the government will be able to replace the ACA with a comparable program.
Seniors, Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA
Many seniors benefited from the ACA because it increased funding to Medicare. It also expanded access to a wide variety of preventative services such as cancer screening and prediabetes treatments. As long as a citizen’s income was not more than 138 percent of the federal poverty line, he or she was eligible for Medicare, Medicaid, and many other financial support programs. While these programs are expensive to maintain, they provide key services to those who have a limited annual income or a fixed income.
The Long-Term Impact of Repealing the ACA
Repealing the ACA without a suitable replacement program could impact millions of American citizens, including hundreds of thousands of seniors. Dismantling the act could be especially difficult for those who rely on Medicare as well as Medicaid benefits. Even healthcare providers might find it difficult to provide high-quality services due to a lack of funding. The lack of funding would impact tens of millions of doctors, nurses, seniors, and support staff.
Preparing for a Potential Repeal
Seniors who rely on these federal programs should begin considering their options if the repeal does take place. This includes filling current prescriptions and scheduling any necessary appointments in the coming months. It is also important to take steps to boost overall health through lifestyle changes. Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising as often as possible, and being mindful of overall wellbeing can drastically reduce the risk of developing major health complications.
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