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Healthcare Reform Should Help Social Security

The Supreme Court’s upholding of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) last month will likely benefit disability beneficiaries as much as it will Americans with health concerns. The reason is that the ACA makes important changes to Medicare and Medicaid funding, which have important links with each type of Social Security benefits. Healthcare reform will help Medicare and Social Security Here are a few of the funding changes that the ACA will make: Increase funding for Medicare by a 0.9 percent tax increase for individuals making more than $200,000 a year and for married couples making more than $250,000 a year The increased funding will also come from taxes on investment income (from income like stock dividends, real estate rent and capital gains), but only for those whose investment income pushes their income above the limits in the previous bullet point Several changes will directly improve healthcare –…
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How Will the Healthcare Law Affect Medicare and Medicaid?

An important part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) is its expansion of Medicaid, but the PPACA will also impact Medicare. As discussed on Monday, Medicare is the program for which SSDI beneficiaries qualify after two years of benefits. Affordable Care Act and Medicare The reforms that the PPACA enacts in regards to Medicare should be beneficial for disability beneficiaries receiving health care through Medicare. Here are several of the key changes: The premiums that beneficiaries pay for Medicare Part B coverage should be lower in the coming years thanks to the PPACA The PPACA closes the so-called “donut hole” of Medicare prescription drug coverage so that people with high prescriptive drug costs will receive discounts on the drugs they need; by 2020, the donut hole is not expected to exist at all The new law implements a number of cost-cutting measures that will trim excess payments…
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Medicare, Disability Benefits and Obamacare

The big political news during the last week of June was of course the decision from the US Supreme Court upholding the majority of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) (commonly referred to as “Obamacare” by both critics and supporters of the legislation). The one change that the Supreme Court demanded was to the expansion of Medicaid under the PPACA. While the legislation originally conditioned all Medicaid funding on a state’s acceptance of the expansion, the Supreme Court ruled that only the expansion could be conditional; that is, states can stick with their original Medicaid program without fear of losing it if they do not accept the expansion. How does Medicaid and Medicare work with disability benefits? Remember that Medicaid and Medicare are two different programs. Medicare is a form of federal health insurance; it is mostly for Americans aged 65 and older, but younger Americans with disabilities…
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