After the election results, it is to be determined what changes may occur to the Affordable Care  Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.  However, a new benefit for Medicare beneficiaries is scheduled to begin in 2018.  Medicare will start paying for a strategy to help millions of older Americans at high risk of diabetes from developing the disease.

The new benefits are part of an increasing shift in the federal entitlement program, from its half-century tradition of mainly covering treatment when beneficiaries are sick to paying to try to keep them healthy. The strategy to avert diabetes is the first disease-prevention experiment, tested under part of the Affordable Care Act, which federal officials have concluded is worthwhile enough to adopt nationwide.

Other changes included in the announcement, starting in January, Medicare will begin to pay more for primary-care doctors to manage patients’ chronic diseases as well as for collaboration between those doctors and mental health professionals. These improved payments, expected to total $140 million in their first year, are other ways that Medicare is encouraging certain models of health care.

You can read more about these Medicare changes at the link below.

Washington Post

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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