“Talk about a hot button!” says Kari Berit in the introduction to her interview with Michele Kimball of the Minnesota AARP about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on caregivers. Michele has studied the effects of the Act closely and holds the position that many of the provisions are very beneficial to caregivers.
For example closing the gap in prescription drug coverage in Medicare Part D helps caregivers who may have been financing drug expenses incurred in the gap. The law also provides for free preventive care—annual checkups and routine testing. Caregiver health often suffers during the caregiving years. Lowering out of pocket payments for caregivers and their aging parents enables caregivers to get the care they need and reduces caregiver stress.
The really significant benefits of the Act take effect in 2014. …
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