Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been an outspoken opponent against the Affordable Care Act. Unfortunately for him, the Virginia Health Reform Initiative (VHRI) Advisory Council—a council that he formed—released a report finding that the Affordable Care Act will greatly benefit Virginia’s families.
One of the hallmark provisions included in the Affordable Care Act is under attack, putting women’s health in jeopardy.
According to the Census Bureau, 15.1 percent of Americans were living in poverty in 2010. That’s 46.2 million of us. But when the Census Bureau determines whether or not a family or individual is living in poverty, it uses a measure that hasn’t substantially changed since the 1960s. This measure ignores some important factors that affect a family’s finances during the year, such as the high cost of health care.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s current measure
Many American families are struggling during this economic downturn. But even before the recession hit, families were having a hard time keeping up with increasing health care costs. Over the past two decades, premiums and the cost of care have skyrocketed, with Americans bearing the brunt of these increases through higher deductibles and copayments. And that's with the number of covered services decreasing. We need relief, and the Affordable Care Act, once fully implemented, will finally provide tangible and measurable help to those who need it most.
When people hear the words “health care” they often think of doctors, hospitals, and prescription drugs. But what many people don’t realize is that the health of your teeth and mouth are just as important as other aspects of your health.
Millions across the country are benefitting from the Affordable Care Act. However, opponents are ignoring its positive results and fighting its implementation. What they don't want you to know is that the law is already working for Americans in every state.
One of the key aspects of the Affordable Care Act is holding insurance companies more accountable. For far too long, insurers have jacked up the cost of premiums while not having to explain to the consumers (the ones paying more) where that extra money goes.
Medicaid covers millions of Americans. It makes sure children can see their doctors, seniors and people with disabilities can get long-term care services, and Americans with serious health conditions can get the care they need. For many, Medicaid coverage is the difference between life and death.
The Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver recently submitted to the federal government by the Department of Human Services will not include a major reduction in the eligibility level for parents in NJ FamilyCare.