Today, President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined in on a national conference to talk about how health reform will affect seniors. People at dozens of viewing parties around the country tuned in to find out more about what’s in the new law and how generations to come will have the safety and security of having access to quality, affordable health care during retirement.
It’s that dreaded time of year that only those of us who are guaranteed a big return are excited for: Yesterday was tax day. But please bear with us for a moment, because this tax day, we’ve got good news for you.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, many Americans will soon be receiving tax credits to help them pay for health care. That’s right. Due to the historic health care law that President Obama signed more than a year ago, American families will be able to afford health care and will receive tax credits to help them do so.
You may remember when Federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the entire health care law was unconstitutional earlier this year. His logic went something like this: Because he found the individual responsibility provision unconstitutional (apparently, because he thought health insurance is not interstate commerce), then the entire law must be thrown out. Experts across the ideological spectrum agreed that Judge Vinson was severely overreaching. After the ruling, the Obama Administration appealed Judge Vinson’s decision. And now, we enter round two.
Last week a lot of people were standing up for health care reform. There were marchers in the streets of Washington, D.C. trying to get equal access to insurance. There were congressional hearings on the subject, and 24 health care survivors spoke of their healthcare tragedies. One of those wonderful people was Marcelas. He is 11 years old.
Explains how the Affordable Care Act will improve coordination of care for patients with both Medicare and Medicaid ("dual eligibles");provides detailed guidance for advocates.
Over the past few years, we’ve told you some truly bizarre stories about what people do in search of affordable health care. One woman got married to a man she barely knew to get his job-based health coverage. And one man flew out of the country to get surgery, because he didn’t have insurance and couldn’t afford the out-of-pocket costs that American hospitals were going to charge him. But we think this next story takes the cake.
When looking for a spouse, many people look for someone trustworthy, respectful, and kind. Others look for someone with wealth and power. And others, like one Florida rabbi, are just looking for someone with an affordable health care premium.
Thanks to health reform, young adults can stay on their parents' coverage longer, seniors are protected from spending too much on costly prescription drugs, and insurance companies can no longer deny people coverage if they've ever been sick -and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Because of these provisions we will be a much healthier country. If that's not reason enough to love the bill, consider this: We'll also be a richer country.
A recent report from Health Affairs shows that increased public health spending and improved practices can help community mortality by reducing the rates of preventable deaths.
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.