Raese got a "pants on fire" award last week from the national truth-in-election-ads project, Politifact, for his debate statement that, under health reform, Medicare patients must visit "a bureaucrat" before they can get treatment.
Congressional candidate "Spike Maynard has said on at least two talk shows that health-care reform won't let some seniors get knee replacements because they don't have enough years to live," Bryant said. "That's just, flat out, not true."
The new law will slow Medicare's growth rate from 6.8 percent per year to 5.5 percent, according to the Congressional Budget Office, through elimination of fraud and overpayment. That extends the Medicare Trust Fund for 12 years. "The Trust Fund was going to run out in 2017," Bryant said. "Now it goes to 2029."
Currently, about 30 percent of hospital patients go back into the hospital at Medicare expense within 30 days of discharge, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. "We'll see better discharge planning," Bryant said.
Miller urged West Virginians to get the facts about the new law. "Do not simply believe what you see on TV," she said. "Find a trusted source."
Meeks said the Bureau of Senior Services is glad to talk with any senior and also can help seniors who cannot afford their monthly premiums. "The Affordable Care Act [health reform] provides funding for that," she said.
The Bureau's Medicare Help Line is 877-987-4463. The website is www.wvship.org.