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Older Michigander Saves $400 on Health Care Costs

An older American on Medicare explains how the Inflation Reduction Act helped her access no-cost vaccines.

Susan Robertson, retired Michigander and cervical cancer survivor
Lansing, Michigan

For years, the high costs of copays prevented many older Americans from getting recommended vaccines. But since the Inflation Reduction Act eliminated vaccine cost sharing for Medicare recipients, older Americans such as Susan Robertson can afford to get long-awaited vaccinations.

Susan Robertson

Susan Robertson pictured in July 2023. (Photo credit: Susan Robertson)

I had to put the shingles vaccine lower on my list of priorities because, as a senior on a fixed income, the $400 copay was cost prohibitive. What happens in those situations, what you do then is gamble that you are not going to get shingles anytime soon and you put it off. But I was relieved to see I could get it at no cost after the Inflation Reduction Act passed. It’s been a major blessing to get the shingles vaccine with no copay; this is a life-changing policy. Susan Robertson

By completely eliminating copays for recommended vaccines, the Inflation Reduction Act ensures seniors such as Susan no longer have to delay accessing needed health care due to high costs. As the nation comes out of a devastating pandemic, the law is advancing public health by expanding vaccine coverage.

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