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Congressman Pascrell Observes 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act by Thanking All Who Helped Achieve Passage of the Landmark Health Care Reform Legislation

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{U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), a House Ways and Means Committee member who helped write Affordable Care Act, today observed the second anniversary of the landmark health care reform legislation by thanking all of the people who helped get the law passed.

"Those of us who worked on the House committees to get the Affordable Care Act passed in Congress know that it was a tough battle that we could not win alone. We were fortunate to have the benefit of small business owners, senior citizens, families, health care providers and community activists who helped inform us of their needs in the health care form legislation," said Pascrell. "They also worked proactively to help people understand the facts about the legislation amidst some very deliberate efforts to distort those facts. I thank all of those who worked alongside of us in Congress to help give 33 million Americans access to quality, affordable health care."

Three House committees were assigned to write health care reform legislation: Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and Labor. Rep. Pascrell fought aggressively to make sure that the legislation was responsive to Americans' health care coverage needs, and to make sure that the public understood the facts about the legislation.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

* 86 million Americans, including both seniors in Medicare and Americans under age 65 in private plans, have received one or more free preventive services, such as check-ups and cancer screenings.

* 105 million Americans have had a lifetime limit on their coverage eliminated.

* Up to 17 million children who have pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage by insurers.

* 2.5 million additional young adults up to age 26 now have health insurance.

* 5.1 million seniors in the "donut hole' have received savings on their prescription drugs.

* $3.2 billion is the amount that seniors in the "donut hole' have saved on their prescription drugs, or an average of $635 per senior.

* 2.3 million seniors have taken advantage of a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.

* 360,000 small employers have used the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit to help them afford health insurance for 2 million workers in 2011.


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