30 Jul 2012
Affordable Care Act
March 23rd marks the 2nd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act being signed into law.
Since that historic day:
• Almost 50,000 Americans with serious medical conditions, like heart disease and stroke, have been able to access health care coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) established under the law. Beginning in 2014, insurance plans will not be allowed to deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
• 54 million Americans were able to receive at least one preventive service for free under their private health insurance plans, including healthy diet counseling and obesity screening, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, and tobacco-use counseling.
• 32.5 million Americans with Medicare received at least one free preventive benefit, including the new Annual Wellness Visit, and nearly 3.6 million beneficiaries saved $2.1 billion on their prescription drugs.
• An additional 2.5 million young adults now have health care coverage because they are able to stay on their parents' plan until the age of 26.
To learn more, visit Hearts for Health Care.