Analyzing the Impact of the New Health Care Reform Legislation on Older Americans

36 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2011 Last revised: 14 Jul 2011

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Richard L. Kaplan

University of Illinois College of Law

Date Written: January 20, 2011


This Article analyzes the impact on older Americans of the major changes enacted in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It begins with Medicare’s treatment of prescription medications, explaining the origin of the coverage gap known colloquially as the "doughnut hole" and then examining how this gap will be filled over the coming decade. It also considers changes affecting employer-provided drug plans for retirees and the new income-based surcharges on higher-income enrollees.

The Article next analyzes long-term care, addressing first the new voluntary entitlement program known as Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) and then the newly mandated disclosures regarding nursing homes. It then considers the expansion of Medicare’s preventative services and the changes to Medicare’s managed care program. Finally, the Article addresses early retirees who are not yet age-eligible for Medicare.

Keywords: tax

Suggested Citation

Kaplan, Richard L., Analyzing the Impact of the New Health Care Reform Legislation on Older Americans (January 20, 2011). Elder Law Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2011, Illinois Program in Law, Behavior and Social Science Paper No. LBSS11-07, Available at SSRN:

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