Remember this time last year? The infamous “August Recess of 2009.” Town hall meetings filled to capacity with both supporters of reform touting the benefits of the pending health reform legislation and opponents spewing out lies and rhetoric claiming the bill would “kill grandma” or “ruin America.” Thank goodness that’s all over, right? We’ve passed health reform, the Affordable Care Act is now law and people are finally seeing through the lies to realize all the benefits they will gain from the new law. Well, not quite.
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.
This post is written by Dr. Chris Lillis, and is cross-posted on the Doctor's for America Blog, Progress Notes.
The Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver recently submitted to the federal government by the Department of Human Services will not include a major reduction in the eligibility level for parents in NJ FamilyCare.
November is National Caregivers Month—a time to recognize and celebrate caregivers for their important role in our lives. There are professional caregivers, but there are also about 52 million unpaid caregivers—spouses, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and others who take care of loved ones in the home.
Given the size and scope of the Affordable Care Act, learning about what it has to offer can sometimes feel like a daunting task. Amidst all the many benefits heading our way—the law eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions, allows young adults to stay on their parents’ plan, provides subsidies to help pay for coverage, requires insurance companies to spend more premium dollars directly on medical care, helps people appeal insurers’ decisions, etc.—it’s easy to miss some of the less high-profile, but equally important, protections included in the law.
Aesop tells us an interesting story called “The Crab and His Mother.” The fable goes:
A crab said to her son, "Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward." The young crab replied: "Quite true, dear Mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it." The mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child.
Hold that thought for just a moment, while Senator Orrin Hatch tells us another interesting story.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, people with Medicare saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011.
During the final months leading up to the passage of health reform, it seemed you couldn’t read a newspaper without seeing a headline about another insurance company attempting to impose enormous rate hikes on its customers in the individual market.