Outlines the main elements of the Affordable Care Act that will go into effect right away, including help for people with pre-existing conditions, free preventive services, and improved Medicare drug coverage.
Highlights the limitations in states' abilities to keep health insurance premium increases in check and explains how health reform will give states more authority to do so.
Did you know that African Americans are two times more likely to have diabetes than whites? Or that Latina women diagnosed with lung or breast cancer are diagnosed in later stages and have lower survival rates than white women with the same condition?
These alarming statistics are just a few of the racial and ethnic health disparities that are present in our current health care system. A big chunk of inequity can be attributed to sky-high health care costs and lack of access.
Now that health reform has become law (ah, that feels good), long-awaited benefits will start kicking in! From subsidies to exchanges and insurance regulations to cost-containment measures, it's sometimes hard to keep it all straight. But the main thing to remember is that we all have a lot to gain from the passage of health reform, especially us ladies.
Last week, history was made: Surrounded by Congressmen who fought tirelessly to get this bill passed, advocates who have committed their lives to reform, and Americans who have been harmed by our broken system, President Obama signed the health reform bill into law. The law brings a much-needed end to years of struggle and begins a new journey toward a more just health care system.
Everyone has those moments in their lives-the ones you tell your children and grandchildren about. They always start off the same, and my story is no different.
I will never forget where I was when health care reform finally passed and became law.
Now that President Obama has signed the health insurance reform bill, it's time to put the nasty rhetoric of the past year to bed and start looking forward to the reality of reform.
The reality is this bill will help Americans throughout the country. It will help those who have insurance by making sure they can never be dropped just because they got sick. It will help small business owners who are being crushed by premiums. And it will help millions of uninsured Americans finally gain access to quality, affordable health care.
Today, you helped make history.
The House passed the Senate health reform bill. All of your hours, months, and years of hard work made this once-in-a-lifetime victory possible.
The entire team at Families USA is proud to have worked hand-in-hand with you every step of the way.
Insurance companies have demonstrated some pretty egregious practices when it comes to who they'll cover and if they'll take away coverage. We've heard horror stories, but this one takes the cake. Reuters reported yesterday that in 2002, 17-year-old Jerome Mitchell, a college freshman, was dropped from his insurance plan because he was diagnosed with HIV.
If you watch the news on TV or read a newspaper, you know that a lot of Americans are nervous about health reform. One recent poll, conducted by Ipsos-McClatchey on February 26-28, found that 41% of Americans favor reform, while 47% oppose. And that's in line with what the media have been telling us, isn't it?