Just as a Republican controlled House returns to Washington with a bulls eye target on the health care reform bill, some of the biggest changes prompted by that hard-fought battle to overhaul the health care system are in effect as of January 1st. Americans will see the Park D “donut hole” shrink, doctors will get a 10% Medicare bonus for primary care services, premiums for income-related part B will be frozen at 2010 levels through 2019, and states can receive three-year grants to develop comprehensive health lifestyle programs for Medicaid enrollees, to name just a few. How will your health plan be affected and for how long?
Dr. Kavita K. Patel, adjunct assistant clinical professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine
John R. Graham, Director of Health Care Policy at the Pacific Research Institute, a California-based free-market think tank