Aug 07 2013
Are seniors denied medical coverage for cancer at age 76 under the Affordable Care Act? You have probably seen a similar claim made in an email or video. This rumor is a small snippet of a larger email hoax that has been in circulation since 2009. The evil genius of rumors is that they do not go away. This is no different.
At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment page 272
The Affordable Care Act of 2009, H.R. 3590, does not limit the care that seniors are eligible for related to cancer at any age. I will not go into the full email or the rest of the allegations because it has been debunked several times and we have other articles about Obamacare on the Battle of the Bilge Blog.
This comment was in response to America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, H.R. 3200 not the Affordable Care Act. These are two completely different pieces of legislation that just happen to have similarities. Both bills were proposed in the House of Representatives in 2009. Both Bills proposed changes to healthcare.
If you tried to research the source of the rumor you could get mislead by the similar names of the two bills. Just for grins, let’s compare these two bills with regard to this claim about cancer treatments and services for the elderly.
|Short Name||The Affordable Care Act||America’s Affordable Heath Choices Act|
|Full Name||Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009||America’s Affordable Heath Choices Act of 2009|
|Bill Number||H.R. 3590||H.R. 3200|
|Passed into Law||Yes||No|
|Public Law Number||PL 111-148||N/A|
|Reference to Cancer Treatment||None||Provision that increased the amount of allowable payments to Cancer Hospitals. (section 1151 page 287)|
|Page 272||Testing of payment models by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to determine if an alternate model addresses deficiencies that result in poor clinical outcomes or unnecessary expenditures. (section 1115A page 272)||Explanation of resource-based feedback report program for physicians that accept Medicare (section 1126 page 272)|
|Other Related Notable Information||N/A||There is a provision that would reduce payments to hospitals that discharge patients and then re-admit the same patient for the same condition within a certain period of time. Reference to the 2007 Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Report. (section 1151 page 300)|
|Link to Full Text||Affordable Care Act||America’s Affordable Heath Choices Act|
To recap, the Affordable Care Act does not prevent seniors from receiving care for cancer. The Affordable Care Act is the new law of the land.
America’s Affordable Health Choices Act would not prevent seniors from receiving care for cancer. America’s Affordable Health Choices Act did not become a law.