During the 111th Congress, I supported the Affordable Care Act in a major step forward toward making health insurance more affordable, accessible, and stable for Iowa's families, small businesses owners, and seniors. After years of fighting for a health care system that puts patients before profits, this legislation begins to level the playing field for all Iowans by holding the health insurance industry accountable and preventing denials of care and coverage, including for preexisting conditions.
This health care reform legislation has immediate benefits within the first year of enactment. Small businesses have access to tax credits to cover their employees' health insurance. Seniors who fall into the Medicare Part D donut hole in 2010 automatically receive a $250 rebate. Children can no longer be denied coverage for preexisting conditions and parents are now allowed to keep their children on their coverage plans up to their 26th birthday.
In the 112th Congress, I will fight to make sure that Iowans continue to reap the benefits of comprehensive health care reform and support further measures that make health insurance more affordable and accessible for all Iowans.