Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Health Reform Bill Includes Major Changes for Seniors

When a health reform bill finally lands on President Obama's desk—this fall, or perhaps even later—it will contain far-reaching changes of major interest to older consumers. And it will reflect what's likely to be a brutal political and legislative process in coming weeks as detailed proposals emerge from the Senate and, later, the House. As the drama unfolds, here's what you should be looking for:

Boomers ages 45 to 54. People in this group are experiencing rising healthcare costs, but they're too young to qualify for Medicare. And they've been hit hard by the recession. According to David Certner, AARP's legislative policy director, access to affordable coverage would be a major victory for this group. He says that there are as many as 7 million uninsured people in this age group and that the numbers of uninsured people jumped 36 percent from 2000 to 2007—and that's before the economy began its nose dive...

USN&WR: Health Reform Bill Includes Major Changes for Seniors

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