Sheldon Whitehouse helped create legislation that keeps thousands of Rhode Islanders from falling into the Medicare Doughnut Hole, a kind of financial and medical hell where you must pay for all your prescription drugs out of pocket. But the real question is: can he convince people to stop eating doughnuts all together? Then we’d be talking real change — LOL! From the Whitehouse Press Office:
Senator Whitehouse to Provide Cranston Seniors with Update on Medicare Doughnut Hole Savings
Providence, RI – This Monday, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts will meet with Cranston seniors to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and give an update on how the law is saving money for Rhode Islanders.
Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Rhode Island seniors fell into the so-called Medicare “doughnut hole” and were forced to pay the full cost of their prescription drugs. Senator Whitehouse heard from many Rhode Islanders who were hurt by the doughnut hole, and successfully fought to eliminate it as part of the Affordable Care Act.
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is chair of the RI Healthcare Reform Commission, an appointment made by executive order of the Governor. The commission is the body in state government that is leading an open and collaborative process, overseeing the implementation of health reform in Rhode Island.
At Monday’s event, Senator Whitehouse and Lieutenant Governor Roberts will provide an update on how much money seniors in Cranston and across Rhode Island have saved as a result of the new law.
EVENT: Whitehouse and Roberts to Provide Update on Medicare Savings
WHO: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts
WHEN: Monday, April 8th
WHERE: Cranston Senior Center
1070 Cranston Street