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.