Politics
3:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Shaheen, Brown Discuss ACA At N.H. Events

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is emphasizing parts of the health care overhaul law that help seniors, while one of the Republicans hoping to unseat her is arguing against it.

Shaheen, a Democrat seeking a second term, held a roundtable discussion Tuesday at a Concord retirement community, where she discussed how the Affordable Care Act has reduced Medicare prescription drug costs by closing the so-called "doughnut hole." She also touted a provision she sponsored that created a pilot program aimed at preventing costly hospital re-admissions. The program creates a transitional care benefit for Medicare recipients that pays for follow-up care after they leave the hospital.

Meanwhile, former Sen. Scott Brown, who favors repealing the law, is holding a town hall meeting about it Tuesday night in Nashua.