Eye on Healthcare

Oct 9, 2012 12:32 PM by MTN News

AARP official says 'Obamacare' helping seniors

HELENA- Much of the debate on a local and national level has been about the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare.

Even though the act doesn't completely go into affect until January 2014, much of the mandated insurance policy is already in place, and among supporters of the plan is AARP.

The American Association of Retired Persons president says the plan is not only helping seniors, but others when it comes to essential health care needs.

"The insurance companies by the affordable care act will be prevented from throwing people off once they are on it and have a serious illness. You can keep your child up until 26 on your insurance. It closes the donut hole which are those very expensive prescription drugs, if it's very significant. And it extends the life of the medicare trust fund another 8 years." said AARP President Robert Romasco.

AARP is a nonpartisan organization which supports senior citizens members on various issues.

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