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How does Medicare and the Affordable Care Act relate to each other?

The Affordable Care Act takes important steps to strengthen Medicare.  People with Medicare get new benefits – like discounts in the prescription drug coverage gap known as the “donut hole” and free preventive services – thanks to the law.  The law does not reduce any guaranteed Medicare benefits. At the same time, the law is cracking down on fraud and abuse in Medicare and has helped stabilize Medicare’s finances.