The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will affect seniors in a number of ways. They will benefit from reductions in cost sharing for prescription drugs and for preventive services. There will however be reductions in current benefits some seniors now gain from Medicare Advantage plans and increases in premiums for high income people. Provider payment rate cuts if extended for several years could have implications for access to care. Many new provisions that will affect payment and delivery system reforms and most likely benefit seniors but could also potentially harm access to care.
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