Today, the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This decision is a victory for Maryland families and businesses who will continue to benefit from this landmark legislation. I'm pleased that Marylanders are already benefitting from health care reform, and I will work to continue implementing the law to ensure accessible and affordable health care in Maryland and across the country. Here's a look at how Marylanders are seeing positive impacts of the law so far:
At least 46,000 young adults under 26 are now receiving coverage through their parents' insurance plan.
Nearly 1,000 previously uninsured residents with pre-existing conditions have gained coverage.
Over 52,000 seniors saved over $30 million on prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole in 2011, and over 10,500 Marylanders have saved over $7 million through May of this year.
Over 550,000 Medicare beneficiaries received free preventive services or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor
Over 1.1 million people with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing in 2011.
Over 140,000 Marylanders covered by private insurance plans will benefit from nearly $28 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer thanks to a provision that requires insurance companies that don't spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on health care benefits to provide consumers with a rebate or reduce premiums for the difference.
As always, thank you for allowing me to share this information with you, and please continue to share your concerns and insights with me by contacting my office or connecting with me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube.
With warmest regards, I am
Steny H. Hoyer