Improving Medicare

The Affordable Care Act is making Medicare work better for seniors—and is helping build a stronger foundation for Medicare’s future.

33 million people with Medicare have already taken advantage of free preventive services.

Preventive care

Before the Affordable Care Act

Medicare did not cover an annual checkup with your doctor, and you could pay hundreds of dollars in co-pays for the preventive screenings you need.


Nearly everyone with Medicare now has access to free preventive services, including 33 million people who got free preventive care last year. Now, seniors have access to the care they need to stay healthy, including these and many more:

  • Annual checkups
  • Flu shots
  • Cholesterol and blood pressure checks
  • Mammograms
  • Colon cancer screenings
  • Bone density screenings

Protecting Medicare’s Future

Before the Affordable Care Act

Until the health care law passed, Medicare’s funding was projected to run out by 2016.


The Affordable Care Act cracks down on waste, fraud, and needless Medicare payments to private insurance companies—extending the life of the Medicare Trust Fund by eight years.