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Health Care Reform

The health care reform legislation, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act, passed in March 2010, provides many benefits for older Americans, including a gradual elimination of the Medicare prescription drug benefit donut hole and common preventative care provided free of charge to Medicare beneficiaries.

How Health Care Reform Affects Older Americans

Scams and Fraud Alerts

Unfortunately, some scam artists have attempted to capitalize on the new law by setting up 1-800 numbers or going door-to-door selling fraudulent insurance policies. They falsely claim there's a limited open-enrollment period to obtain new Medicare services that, in fact, will be automatically available to beneficiaries.

Medicare, Medicaid

  • Click here for the Medicare and Medicaid health care reform page.


  • Click here for timelines on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Anti-Fraud Provisions Strengthened by Health Care Reform

  • Click here for a summary of ways health care reform strengthened the government’s ability to combat fraud.

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