first_imgUS Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that 6,244 Medicare beneficiaries in Vermont, and three million people nationwide, have received prescription drug cost relief through the Affordable Care Act. To date, three million eligible beneficiaries who fell into the drug coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ during 2010 have been mailed a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check.‘For too long, many seniors and people with disabilities have been forced to make impossible choices between paying for needed prescription medication and necessities like food and rent,’ said Secretary Sebelius. ‘The Affordable Care Act offers long overdue relief by lowering prescription drug costs each year until the donut hole is closed.’Eligible beneficiaries who fell into the coverage gap during 2010 are continuing to automatically receive rebate checks. These checks are only the first step in how the Affordable Care Act will reduce prescription drug costs for beneficiaries in the donut hole each year until it is closed in 2020. Starting this year, eligible beneficiaries in the coverage gap will receive a 50-percent discount on covered brand name medications while in the donut hole. In addition, in 2011 Medicare will begin paying 7-percent of the price for generic drugs during the coverage gap.Also today, Secretary Sebelius released a new video message on the new benefits the Affordable Care Act provides in 2011 for people on Medicare. You can watch the video message here.The closing of the donut hole is just one of the ways seniors benefit from the Affordable Care Act. In addition to savings on prescription drugs, the law provides new benefits to Medicare beneficiaries when they visit their doctor starting this year:As of January 1, 2011, Original Medicare no longer charges out-of-pocket costs for the ‘Welcome to Medicare’ physical exam and, for the first time since the Medicare program was created in 1965, Original Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit with a participating doctor, also at no cost.In addition to these annual wellness visits, most people with Medicare can now receive critical preventive services, including certain cancer screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, for free.Also this year, the Affordable Care Act will provide qualifying doctors and other health care professionals providing primary care to people on Medicare a 10-percent bonus for primary care services. This will help ensure that those primary care providers can continue to be there for Medicare patients.People with Medicare can learn more about these new benefits, search for participating doctors in their area, and find other helpful information by contacting a trained customer service representative toll-free at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) or visiting is external)Additionally, the Affordable Care Act makes Medicare stronger and more secure for all beneficiaries. These provisions under the new law increase benefits to beneficiaries and help to extend the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by 12 years.An analysis issued by the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that under the Affordable Care Act, average savings for those enrolled in traditional Medicare will amount to more than $3,500 over the next 10 years. Savings will be even higher ‘ as much as $12,300 over the next 10 years ‘ for seniors and people with disabilities who have high prescription drug costs. Total savings per beneficiary enrolled in traditional Medicare are estimated to be $86 in 2011, rising to $649 in 2020. For a beneficiary in the donut hole, estimated total savings increase from $553 in 2011 to $2,217 in 2020.The Affordable Care Act establishes a new Innovation Center that will research, develop, test, and expand innovative payment and delivery arrangements to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care provided to patient with Medicare, Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage. Innovations that are found to work can be rapidly expanded and applied more broadly’helping to transform the health care system into one that provides better care at lower cost.· The Affordable Care Act contains important new tools to help crack down on criminals seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars. The law strengthens the screenings for health care providers who want to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP, enables enforcement officials to see health care claims data from around the country in a searchable database, and strengthens the penalties for criminal wrongdoing. The reduction in waste, fraud, and abuse returns savings to the Medicare Trust Fund to strengthen the program into the future. Seniors are encouraged to contact 1-800-MEDICARE to report any solicitations of personal information or suspected fraud, waste, or abuse, or go to is external).For more information on how the Affordable Care Act benefits seniors, visit is external). ###last_img read more

first_imgCampaigning has officially started in Uganda’s upcoming presidential elections which take place in January 2021.Young musician Bobi Wine is taking on long-term President Yoweri Museveni. Mr Museveni is one of the continent’s longest serving leaders, having led the country for almost 35 years. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Bobi Wine’s hopes rely on galvanising the youth vote – but what are his chances of winning? last_img

first_imgThe Wrestling Sectionals were held on Saturday, January 27th, at Franklin County High School. The South Dearborn Knights edged out the host Wildcats 202-200 to win the team crown.The rest of the team scores were 151.5, Milan 145, East Central 134.5, Greensburg 108.5, Connersville 102.5, Rushville 94, Union County 50, Batesville 33, and Oldenburg Academy N/A.2017-18 FC Wrestling SectionalsThe Top 4 Wrestlers from each weight class will advance to The Regionals at Richmond on Saturday, February 3rd.The Wrestling Sectional Champions.106.  Eli Otto-South Dearborn113.  Shane Lonneman-Milan120.  Grant Stapleton-Lawrenceburg126.  Bryer Hall-South Dearborn132.  Austin Boggs-South Dearborn138.  Garrett Walton-South Dearborn145.  Dyllion Humbert-Franklin County152.  Stevie Browning-Franklin County160.  Tucker Coffman-Union County170.  Jesse Hunter-Greensburg182.  Jonah Rolfes-Lawrenceburg195.  Michael Bohman-Franklin County220.  Mason Parris-Lawrenceburg285.  DJ Koors-Greensburglast_img read more

first_img “We want to win the Premier League and the Champions League. If we buy two or three players then I think we can, ” Lord Harris said in the London Evening Standard. “We want to win. We don’t want to be second, we don’t want to be third and we don’t want to be fourth. “We will support Arsene with the players he wants to buy. He has always been encouraged to spend.” Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann is one reported target, while Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier is an option should out-of-contract Bacary Sagna leave, with Manchester City his likely destination for a lucrative free transfer. New Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is said to be ready to off-load Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal do have a buy-back option on their former captain, who was reportedly subject of a £30m bid from Manchester United last summer. Asked if the board would back Wenger to again break the club’s transfer record, which was the £42.5m signing of Mesut Ozil in September, Lord Harris said: “We would. It would be easy.” He added: “There is a lot of paper talk. I wouldn’t say it [the total transfer budget] is £100m, I wouldn’t say it’s £50m and I wouldn’t say it’s £150m. “If Arsene has asked for any player then we have always backed him to go and buy. With the exception of (Lionel) Messi, (Cristiano) Ronaldo or (Gareth) Bale; we could buy most players.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be fully backed by the board should he want to smash the club transfer record again this summer in a bid to win the Barclays Premier League and conquer Europe next season. Press Association Sport understands the formal announcement of Wenger’s new deal is imminent. Harris maintains the board were always relaxed over the Frenchman’s long-term future, but admits Wenger will be a tough act to follow when he eventually does leave the Emirates Stadium. “He was always staying. There was never any doubt. He gave us his word back in the autumn, just after the season started, and it was just a case of sorting it out,” Harris said. “If he wins the league and the cup and the Champions League in the next three years, then I am sure he will stay (on after that). “Three years is a long time in football so let’s see what happens. “It is very hard to follow someone like (Sir Alex) Ferguson (at Manchester United), and I am sure it will be very hard to follow Arsene.” Press Association Wenger is set to sign a contract extension ahead of leaving for his punditry role at the World Cup, after which the 64-year-old Frenchman expects the market to hot up. A bumper £100million transfer war chest is said to be at Wenger’s disposal, and long-serving director Lord Harris of Peckham admits the manager will be “encouraged to spend” as the FA Cup winners look to cash in on improved marketing and sponsorship deals. last_img read more