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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Faces of reform

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

It’s been a little over two months since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and across the nation, Americans are looking forward to changes in the new system.

When we asked you to share comments about how health reform will affect you, we got an overwhelming response.

Mike from Colorado told us,

My youngest son was born with a congenital heart defect and will live his entire life on medications and constant monitoring of his heart. My wife was just diagnosed with MS and will endure the rest of her life combating the cyclical symptoms that come along with MS. I can at least finally take heart in knowing that they will soon be able to secure medical coverage.

Cynthia from Georgia said,

I am the parent of a special needs child. He was denied health insurance because of his pre-existing health problems. Thanks to the new health care reform law, insurers will no longer be able to refuse to sell health insurance to special needs children or to other Americans with pre-existing conditions.

We’ve heard story after story about how the health care bill will affect families across the country. And while the law will not be fully implemented until 2014, consumers are already seeing the benefits of reform. Children can no longer be denied coverage if they have pre-existing conditions and some insurance companies have decided to let young adults stay on their parent’s coverage sooner than mid-September, as the new law requires.

To encourage insurance companies to continue implementing early provisions that help struggling Americans throughout the country, we asked you to send in your picture to exhibit that their decisions affect real people every single day. Hundreds of you responded and we have compiled your pictures into a mosaic to showcase not only your hard work, but also exactly who will benefit from the new law.

Would you like to be a face of health reform? It’s not too late! Simply click here to upload your photo.