Crowley Announces Affordable Care Act Has Kept Down Premiums for New York Seniors on Medicare for Second Straight Year
(Queens, NY) - Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, applauded the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that seniors on Medicare will not see any increase in premium costs for Medicare Part B, which covers doctors’ visits and outpatient care, in 2015.
“Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, seniors have seen significant savings and better benefits in Medicare, including no increase in Part B premiums for the second year in a row,” said Rep. Crowley. “Medicare is a promise to our nation’s seniors, one that we must continue to uphold. I will continue to work to strengthen and improve Medicare not only for today’s seniors, but for future generations as well.”
Medicare Part B covers doctors' services, outpatient care, certain home health services, durable medical equipment and some preventative services. According to HHS, the standard premium will remain unchanged in 2015 at $104.90.
This recent announcement adds to the growing list of ways in which seniors in Medicare have seen major savings, better benefits, and a more solvent program since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. So far in 2014:
- More than 146,000 seniors in Medicare in New York State have saved more than $906 million on their prescription drugs, an average savings of $917 per senior;
- Seniors now have free Medicare coverage of key preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. To date this year, 1.1 million seniors in New York received free preventive services under Medicare; and
- The life of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended by 13 years, strengthening Medicare for the long-term.
Medicare provides comprehensive health care coverage to 47 million Americans, including 39 million seniors and 8 million people under 65 with disabilities.
Congressman Crowley is the eight-term representative from the 14th Congressional District of New York, which includes sections of Queens and the Bronx. He is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives.