November 2, 2012 by astancilwomack
Especially, with the election going there is much talk about healthcare reform. President Obama signed the Affordable Healthcare Act in 2009, if re-elected on 11/6 the act with stand. If Romney is elected, he vows to repeal the act. Either way, I have decided to present the facts surrounding the act and what it will mean to US citizens:
1. Families making less than 133% below the poverty line will be entitled to Medicaid, that about $29,000 for a family of four.
2. Preventative Screenings are covered at 100% by insurance. This includes annuals, mammograms, certain blood tests, colonoscopies, etc. This provision has actually been in effect since 2010.
3. Have you noticed the nutritional facts posted on many of your menus? This law also requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to provide caloric information on menus.
4. The Act required insurance companies’ to translate their plans into laymen’s terms, so that buyers can easily understand what they are purchasing.
5. Consumer assistance allows consumer’s, employer’s and physician’s to appeal decisions made by insurance carriers.
6. The Act provides healthcare to patient’s with pre-existing conditions.
7. If a patient is under 26 they may stay insured under their parent’s healthcare plan.
8. Ends lifetime maximums on coverage.
9. pre-existing conditions do not apply to children.
There is much more included in the act, you can read the full text, but those are just a few facts. What do you think? Is this a good reform for our healthcare system?