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Affordable Care Act Transforms Older Adults’ Health Care Options

For Immediate Release
June 28, 2012

Contact: Todd Kluss
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Affordable Care Act Transforms Older Adults’ Health Care Options

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is drawing attention to the law’s many provisions that affect the country’s aging population.

GSA’s website offers a clearinghouse of reports and fact sheets explaining the expected changes to seniors’ insurance choices and costs — shedding light on aspects ranging from Medicare and Medicaid to the geriatric care workforce. These resources can be found at www.geron.org/healthcare.

“As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act unfolds, experts on aging have an important opportunity to make certain that the law positively impacts the well-being of our seniors and people of all ages,” said GSA President Nancy Whitelaw, PhD. “GSA, utilizing the work of its members, will continue to inform policymakers about the health care needs of older adults, who are the fastest growing segment of America’s population.”

The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that one in five Americans will be 65 and older by 2030. Members of the baby boom generation — those born between 1946 and 1964 — are turning 65 at an average rate of 10,000 every day.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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