HHS Secretary Sebelius to host senior’s health discussion in West Palm Beach, Florida

HHS Secretary Sebelius to host senior’s health discussion in West Palm Beach, Florida

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will meet with West Palm Beach seniors to discuss how the health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, has made Medicare stronger since it was signed into law two years ago.

Just two weeks after the 47 Anniversary of the creation of Medicare, Secretary Sebelius will highlight important benefits of the law, including providing beneficiaries with preventive health care--like cholesterol and cancer screenings--at no additional cost, as well as a 50 percent discount on prescription drugs in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.”

Secretary Sebelius will also talk about new provisions in the law to strengthen the fight against fraud in Medicare. In 2011, officials recovered nearly $4.1 billion in Medicare dollars, the highest annual amount ever recovered from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers.

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