Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:
To say the attacks made by opponents of the health care reform law are politically motivated is to do a disservice to the word "motivated." Surely there's a stronger word to describe just how rabidly opponents are working against millions of struggling Americans.
But I think the word that comes to mind when I describe these attacks is "irresponsible."
The latest attack involves two lawsuits – one in Virginia, the other in Florida – which opponents hope will overturn the Affordable Care Act on constitutional grounds.
But hold that thought for a moment...
In 2006, Massachusetts became the first state to pass comprehensive health reform. Much like the national health reform bill that became law this year, it focused on regulating the individual market, providing subsidies for lower-income families, and requiring that everyone pay into the system. Republican Governor Mitt Romney signed the bill, giving his stamp of approval to a law that would ensure the coverage of 95% of the state’s residents.
This post was written by Robert Kraig of Citizen Action Wisconsin and has been cross-posted on their website.
On March 23, 219 democratically elected members of the House of Representatives voted to change our broken health care system. They voted to stop insurance companies from discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition. They voted to stop insurance companies from terminating health coverage when you get sick, and they voted to require insurers to use most of our premiums on health care, not on CEO’s salaries and profits. In short, they took a stand and voted for the American people.
Have you ever tried to compare prices and plans of different health insurance carriers in the private market? It’s downright impossible. There are so many variables: What benefits does this plan cover? What are the out-of-pocket costs? Is my age a factor? Not to mention the sheer number of plans there are to choose from—it makes my head spin just thinking about it!
Learn what express lane eligibility means for children's health coverage and how it can help states identify uninsured children who could benefit from state programs like CHIP and Medicaid.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
Explains why the Affordable Care Act's historic Medicaid expansion is instrumental to health reform and all of the benefits it will offer to low-income Americans.
Find out what some health insurance companies are doing to scam consumers out of proper services and what we can do to prevent this from happening.