Petition: What I Like about Health Care Reform
Help celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act!
(Sign below or print a copy & circulate print petitions.)
I like these provisions of health care reform and celebrate that they contribute to a vision for a more compassionate health care future that is inclusive, affordable, accessible and accountable.
Vision - Inclusive Health Care: Health care is a shared responsibility that is grounded in our common humanity.
Children under age 19 can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. In 2014, no one can be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
Young adults up to age 26 can stay on parents' policies that go into effect after 9/23/10, unless they are offered coverage at work.
Vision - Affordable Health Care: Health care must contribute to the common good by being affordable for individuals, families and society as a whole.
Medicare enrollees now receive wellness and prevention benefits with no cost-sharing or co-pays. They also will receive discounts for their medications when they reach the gap (doughnut hole) in their Medicare prescription drug coverage.
Key preventive care, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, immunizations, pre-natal and new baby care will be covered without co-pays or deductibles in new plans.
Prior authorization cannot be required for emergency care; higher costs cannot be imposed for out-of-network emergency care in new plans.
Small businesses are receiving tax credits for providing health care benefits for their workers.
46 states are using resources under the new reform law to pass or strengthen premium rate review laws.
Vision - Accessible Health Care: All persons should have access to health services that provide necessary care and contribute to wellness.
Women now have direct access to OB/GYNs without a referral.
Enrollees in new plans must have a choice of primary care physicians.
Lifetime limits on insurance payouts are now eliminated; annual limits are greatly restricted and will eventually be eliminated.
Expanded funding for community health centers will increase access to medical care in under-served areas.
Persons who have been uninsured for 6 months because of pre-existing conditions now have access to Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.
Primary care physicians and general surgeons will receive bonuses for treating Medicare patients.
Vision - Accountable Health Care: Our health care system must be accountable, offering a quality, equitable and sustainable means of keeping us healthy as individuals and as a community.
Insurance companies can no longer drop people from coverage because of illness.
Members of Congress and their staff members will receive their health insurance from the same exchanges when they are established in 2014.
Persons will have the right to external appeals of decisions made by insurers.
Insurance companies will be required to spend 80-85% of our premium dollars on health care.
Hospitals will be more accountable for patients re-admitted for hospital-acquired infections.
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