Thursday, February 07, 2013

Money Saved for Seniors

****  Even though the Republicans spoke against it, President Obama has saved seniors millions of dollars in prescription drug costs.  USA Today:

Seniors have saved about $5.7 billion on prescription drugs since January 2011 because of provisions in the 2010 health care law meant to close the Medicare "doughnut hole," the government plans to announce today. 

"This discount has led more people to be able to afford their medication, which keeps them healthier and can help bring down costs in the long run," said Jon Blum, director of the Center for Medicare, part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In 2012, seniors saved $2.5 billion on prescriptions, compared to $2.3 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services. That's an average of $706 per person in 2012.

And 34.1 million Medicare beneficiaries used preventive services provided with no deductibles or co-pays in 2012.... 

President Obama should be thanked! 

> If you live in Ohio, you already know that the Republicans in the state like to make it as difficult as possible for people to vote---especially if those people are minorities, young people, women, and Democrats.  Pewstates has more:
3.6%  Provisional Ballots Cast
0.7%  Provisional Ballots Rejected
1  Voting Information Look-Up Tools Available

Overall EPI Average:
• 2008—60%
• 2010—64%

Chief Election Official: secretary of state
Absentee Voting: No-excuse—allows any registered voter to request an absentee ballot without providing a reason

In-person Early Voting: Allowed

Notable Indicators
• High rates of provisional ballots cast and rejected
• High rate of absentee ballots rejected
• Low rate of military and overseas ballots unreturned

• High rates of provisional ballots cast and rejected
• High rate of absentee ballots rejected
• Added post-election audit requirement