The recently-passed health care reform measure will stop many of the insurance industry's most egregious practices, including banning pre-existing conditions, canceling policies when someone falls ill, and using gender, age, and other discriminatory factors to charge higher premiums. It will protect infants and children with chronic illnesses, seniors, women, among others. It allows young adults to stay in their parents' insurance plan until the age of 26, including 250,000 young adults in Connecticut and it closes the Medicare donut hole for seniors.
We must continue the fight to improve health care by
* Instituting more measures to drive down costs so that both our families and the federal and state governments aren't burdened by debt from health care expenses.
* Fighting to ensure that the insurance industry complies with the law and never takes advantage of our families.
* Ensuring that our new system rewards outcomes rather than continuing to rely on the current fee-for-service model that pays for quantity, not quality.