The North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans will host a forum in Wake Forest on Tuesday, May 8 from 11:30 am to 1 pm to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and legislative initiatives that have a major impact on the economic security of the state’s seniors. Know Your Care North Carolina, a national non-profit dedicated to educating North Carolinians about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, will participate in the event.
The forum will address many misconceptions about the two-year-old law as well as enhancements to programs like Medicare, according to Heather McLaughlin with the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans.
“Several legislative initiatives and budget plans debated currently on the national level, like the Ryan Budget plan, also hold great significance for seniors in North Carolina, as they would drastically change programs like Medicare and Social Security. In North Carolina alone, over 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries– 16% of the population– and over 1.6 million Social Security beneficiaries– 17% of the population– could be negatively impacted by drastic cuts to these programs,” said McLaughlin.
Obamacare protects Medicare for seniors by cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse, providing free preventive care and making prescription drugs more affordable. Because of Obamacare, 5.1 million people on Medicare have saved more than $3.2 billion on prescription drugs. Without this law, these protections would end, as well as measures that crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse, forcing seniors to pay more for their prescription drugs.