By Ashley Conroy
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -- Starting January 1st, the new Affordable Care Act will bring changes to senior citizens on Medicare.
To help explain what these changes are, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IV Director, Anton Gunn spoke to a group of about 50 senior citizens on Tuesday.
"We want to make sure that seniors know that this is an opportunity to make sure that their prescription drug plan and their health care plan meets their needs," Gunn said.
Gunn's stop in the capital city was part of a multi-state tour to educate seniors in the Southeastern region on these changes.
The event was organized by the Mississippi Department of Human Services at the Golden Key Senior Center as a means for seniors to get resources pertaining to medicare and open enrollment.
"It's good to know, and the benefit that you have in being a senior," said Senior Robert Lane.
Because of the Affordable Care Act, seniors on Medicare will get free annual wellness check-ups, a free cancer screening, and a rebate on prescription drug coverage.
"They were able to get those things, but they had to pay for them out of pocket," Gunn said. "But now because of the Affordable Care Act those things are now covered under their Medicare plan."
Senior Jonny Young was excited to hear about these changes, because she says many times seniors aren't able to find the resources they need.
"This trip today was very profitable, and that we did get some information that we did not know and did not understand," Young said.
Lane agrees. "It's something that can benefit seniors, and they don't have to feel alone."
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