Shows how many people will be able to get affordable, comprehensive insurance through the new health insurance marketplaces and how many people the Affordable Care Act has helped so far.
With all the rhetoric being thrown around about health care, the importance of the reforms we’ve made and the need to protect those reforms and move forward can be easily forgotten. With the release of the Democratic platform last night, it seems they too understand this and want to make sure our health care rights are not only protected, but also improved upon.
The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t be more accurate when talking about public health in America. When we catch health problems early and treat them accordingly, we end up saving lives—and money—in the process.
A recent article by Charles Fiegl reports that U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin has drafted a strategy focused on preventive health care. It is important that Americans stay healthy as we approach 2014, when tens of millions of currently uninsured Americans will gain health insurance.
We recently asked you, the members of the Stand Up for Health Care community, to let us know how health reform will affect your lives. The response was overwhelming. And while opponents of reform are relying on tired old rhetoric, we’ve collected stories from people like you whose lives will be better thanks to health reform.
Jean from Minnesota told us,
If you follow the news, you may have seen reports that young people are not the healthiest. In fact, there is an ugly prediction for our future: Life expectancy for my generation is expected to decline; we will live shorter lives—on average—than our parents did.
For Medicare beneficiaries, there was a host of good news from the federal government last week.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), premiums for prescription drug coverage will not rise in 2012, more seniors are now receiving preventive care thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and beneficiaries who have reached the doughnut hole are receiving a 50% discount on prescription drugs.
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law last March, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working around the clock to implement its provisions. As part of their efforts, HHS recently announced that the federal government is making a $750 million investment in prevention.
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.
Having a baby is a wonderful and joyous experience, but it can also be expensive. Very expensive. From the prenatal care, to the birthing costs, to making sure you have all the right tools and gadgets necessary to raise a happy and healthy baby—the costs can add up.