03/23/2011

Healthcare Reform Law Reaches a Milestone

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Healthcare reform advocates are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law March 23, 2010.

There is a lot to celebrate as the law continues to move forward with its goal to cover more people, control the cost of care and improve the quality of that care. Provisions in the law that have already kicked in have benefited thousands of seniors, young adults, families and small businesses.

Under the Affordable Care Act, more than 3.4 million previously uninsured young adults remain eligible to stay on their parents' health insurance plan. Seniors who had reached the benefit gap, often called the "doughnut hole," in Medicare's prescription drug coverage were sent rebate checks for $250 to help with their drug costs.

Health Care for America Now, a national coalition that led the successful fight for health reform, is part of a coordinated effort to host nearly 200 events in 35 states this week to promote the Affordable Care Act and to rally against Republican plans to undermine the law. Republicans in the House of Representatives have passed repeal legislation, and the GOP leadership has pledged to starve the law of the federal funding necessary to implement its provisions, while others are questioning the constitutionality of a provision that requires individuals to buy insurance. Opponents of the law have done their best to promote misinformation and confusion about the law by circulating myths—that health reform will lead to a government takeover of healthcare, for example. However, the public is becoming more aware of what's in the law and how it will benefit them. [Adrienne Coles]

March 23, 2011