Andy Griffith Health Care Reform Advertises Benefits for Seniors (Video)

August 3, 2010 Updated: September 29, 2015

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Medicare is marking its 45-year anniversary with a familiar face to senior citizens—Andy Griffith. The video ad for television and web features Andy Griffith delivering a brief message on health care reform.

In the ad, Andy Griffith tells senior citizens that, “This year, like always, we’ll have our guaranteed benefits.” Griffith then adds that with the Affordable Care Act, “more good things are coming.”

According to the White House, senior citizens in particular will benefit from the new health care law.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last week that the ad will be running on national cable channels in the U.S.

Under the new health care law, senior citizens will keep their guaranteed Medicare benefits, and beneficiaries who fall into the prescription drug “donut hole” will get a one-time $250 rebate check. The "donut hole" itself, in which there is a point in a calendar year when no drug costs are reimbursed, will be ended over time.

The plan also includes some free preventive care services, such as colorectal cancer screenings, mammograms, diabetes screenings, and an annual physical. Better health outcomes would result if everyone followed screening guidelines, yet many people do not follow them, according to CMS. Making preventive services and screenings free to patients should remove a barrier to preventive care.

The new law also targets waste and fraud more strictly.

Medicare Advantage Plans are supplemental insurance seniors may buy to reduce out of pocket expenses. According to the CMS, the policies consumed a disproportionate amount of money per beneficiary, and thus drove up premiums for everyone. "The new law eliminates these overpayments," said the White House blog. By 2018, Medicare Advantage Plans will be required to spend 85 percent of their revenue directly on health care, not on administrative costs.

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Genevieve Belmaker is a former reporter and editor with The Epoch Times.