In honor of the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) released the following statement:
"Two years after President Obama signed it into law, millions of Americans are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act because they have access to more affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage. Parents have the peace of mind that insurance companies can no longer deny their children coverage for a pre-existing condition. Some 86 million Americans have received free preventive services. Seniors have saved $3.2 billion on their prescription drugs. Additionally, 2.5 million adults under the age of 26 now have health insurance under their parents' plans.
"The health care law is providing real help for families all across the country, and constituents from California's 39th District have certainly seen that help. 6,500 young adults now have health insurance. 27,000 children and 100,000 adults now have health insurance that covers preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles. 45,000 children with pre-existing health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by their health insurance providers.
"The Affordable Care Act has made a significant impact in the lives of millions, but there is more work to be done. Congress must work towards ensuring that more Americans can receive affordable healthcare that will improve the lives of our families."
In 2009, Congresswoman Sánchez introduced the Gender Equity in Health Premiums Act, which ends discrimination against women by barring health insurance companies from charging women more for health insurance premiums than men. This legislation became part of the Affordable Care Act.