The most significant improvements to the quality and safety of long-term care in the last 20 years were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). But few people are aware of these changes because they have been overshadowed by all the controversy and misinformation that has surrounded the enactment of the comprehensive health reform law. Simply put, these provisions will improve the lives of millions of seniors and people with disabilities—and they deserve attention.
The passage of the Affordable Care Act will extend health coverage to millions of Americans by expanding Medicaid and creating a tax cut to help low- and middle-income individuals and families afford private coverage. This tax cut will be in the form of tax credits that can be used to offset the costs of health insurance premiums and will go into effect in 2014.
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.