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Son-in-law Jared Kushner takes on a major role in Trump's fight with COVID-19. Also, emergency funding for people who can't pay their rent because of the pandemic.

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The Democratic National Committee delayed its July convention in Milwaukee until August. Wisconsin has a primary this Tuesday, but hasn't cancelled or delayed in-person voting like many other states have done.

Report: Affordable Care Act Saves Michigan Seniors Millions

December 9, 2011

LANSING, Mich. - When it comes to seniors and prescription medication, the Affordable Care Act is living up to its name, according to new data from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The Affordable Care Act provides 50 percent discounts on brand name prescription drugs once participants hit the Medicare Part D coverage gap, commonly known as the "donut hole."

According to the report, more than 60,000 Michigan seniors have benefited from that discount this year, saving a total of nearly $34 million. Lonnie Scott, communications director for Know Your Care in Michigan, says it's hard to argue with results.

"When people hear the facts, and the numbers, it's clear that the Affordable Care Act is working."

While some aspects of the healthcare reform act have gone into effect, opponents continue to challenge its legality. Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up the case, saying it would hear arguments next March and likely issue a decision in June. While that challenge plays out, Scott says many seniors are taking advantage of free preventive screenings that are now available, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

"Nationwide, 24 million people – or approximately half of those who have traditional Medicare – have gone in and received their free annual physical or other screening, which is now free, like a mammogram or colonoscopy."

Michigan is one of seven states that is challenging the Affordable Care Act.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI