U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, in honor of the first anniversary today, commended the Affordable Care Act for increasing access to affordable, stable health coverage for Wisconsinites.
"Health care reform was critical not only to ensure Americans have access to high quality care they can afford, but also to get our deficits under control," said Rep. Kind. "Health care reform provides important consumer protections, tax credits for small businesses, stronger Medicare benefits all while responsibly reducing the deficit. Health care reform is good for Wisconsin."
Wisconsinites are already seeing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, including:
* 836,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Wisconsin can now receive free preventive services -- like mammograms and colonoscopies -- as well as a free annual wellness visit with their doctor.
* 64,041 Wisconsin residents who hit the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap known as the "donut hole" received $250 tax-free rebates last year, and will receive a 50% discount on brand name prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole this year.
* 89,000 small businesses in Wisconsin can receive tax credits to help offset the costs of purchasing coverage for their employees and make premiums more affordable.
* 310,000 children with a pre-existing condition in Wisconsin will be protected by health care reform -- they can no longer be denied coverage.
* 13,600 young adults in Wisconsin have access to insurance coverage through their parent's plans as a result of the law.
Health care reform also takes steps to change the way we pay for health care in this country -- from a system that is based on volume to one that is based on the value of care provided. Western Wisconsin hospitals and clinics, providing high quality, low cost care, are already on this path and have served as a model for the rest of the country.
"Reform transforms our health care system into one that delivers higher quality care at a lower cost, eliminates waste in the system and increases the quality of care for all Americans," said Kind.