Finding out that you or a loved one has breast cancer can be one of the scariest moments in your life. Immediately, images of hospitals and doctors flood your mind, along with a million other concerns about treatments, side effects, and what this diagnosis means for the future. With all of that, money should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, for thousands of people across the country, worrying about how to pay for treatment and other medical expenses is at the top of their list.
Attorneys General from a handful of states want to repeal the new health care law to gain political points. These opponents of reform want to undo all the hard-won benefits achieved by the passage of the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the myriad consumer protections the bill has put in place for hard-working American families and businesses.
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:
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.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
Communities of color continue to face obstacles in the health care setting: they are more likely to be uninsured, to be in poorer health, and to receive lower-quality care. But thanks to the new health reform law, we’ll start to see movement in closing this unacceptable gap. The Affordable Care Act has a number of provisions aimed at lessening racial and ethnic health disparities in an effort to make the health care system fairer for all Americans.
Just last week, new and helpful health reform provisions kicked in, benefiting millions of American families across the country. Recent college graduates can now stay on their parents’ plan until they’re 26. Moms now have the freedom to choose their own OBGYNs without prior approval from their insurance plan. And insurance companies can no longer arbitrarily take away your coverage if you get sick.
Last week we celebrated September 23, the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. On September 23, several consumer protection provisions took effect, bettering the lives of millions of Americans. Although it hasn’t been discussed much, these provisions and other parts of the health reform law will have a special positive effect on the lives of the millions of Americans suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.
This post has been written by MomsRising.
Imagine that you’re cooking dinner and all of a sudden, your two-year-old daughter has a seizure again. And worse yet, you know the next trip to the hospital will bring your daughter closer to exhausting her lifetime limits on her health insurance coverage.
This was the reality of Julie, a MomsRising member in California, until health care reform was passed.