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Rangel: New Yorkers Are Already Benefiting From Affordable Care Act

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Location: New York, NY

On the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act that falls on March 23, Congressman Charles B. Rangel announced a new report by the Health and Human Service (HHS) that shows hundreds of thousands of people in New York are already benefiting from the healthcare law. Rangel, as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in 2010, was one of the primary sponsors of the legislation and led the fight for its enactment into law.

"It has only been three years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, but millions of Americans are already seeing lower costs and better coverage," Rangel stated. "This includes hundreds of thousands of people right here in New York. New Yorkers -- ranging from young adults to seniors to children -- are receiving critical benefits from this health care law."

One of the most valuable parts of the Affordable Care Act is the Patient's Bill of Rights, which allows young adults to remain on their parent's health policy plan until their 26th birthday. In New York alone 160,000 young adults gained health insurance because of this provision. It also restricts insurance companies from dropping patients when they get sick and prohibits them from placing lifetime limits on coverage plan resulting in 6,432,000 New Yorkers will not have to worry about lifetime limits.

"The Affordable Care Act is the most significant, government healthcare expansion since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Not only does it protect children with pre-existing health conditions from being denied insurance plans, but also it establishes free, preventative services for the elderly," continued Rangel.

Yet Republicans have made several attempts at repealing the law, even after its constitutionality was upheld by the Supreme Court. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act will leave approximately one million young adults without insurance and increase the costs of Medicare. For New Yorkers specifically, this would result in 10 million lifetime limits on insurance plans.

"The American people are relying on this law to keep healthcare costs from skyrocketing. We all know the Affordable Care Act works," Rangel added. "Medicare is now stronger for seniors, and women can now get life-saving mammograms at no extra cost. Children won't lose their coverage just because they were born with pre-existing conditions like asthma -- and families of New York are seeing how reform is saving lives and saving money. I will continue to fight to protect the rights my constituents deserve."

The new HHS report shows that the health care law has already provided:

The law bans insurance companies from imposing lifetime dollar limits on health benefits -- freeing cancer patients and individuals suffering from other chronic diseases from having to worry about going without treatment because of their lifetime limits. Already, 6,432,000 people in New York, including 2,529,000 women and 1,609,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act is also removing barriers for people with Medicare. With no deductibles or co-pays, cost is no longer a barrier for seniors and people with disabilities who want to stay healthy by detecting and treating health problems early. In 2012 alone, an estimated 34.1 million people with Medicare benefited from Medicare's coverage of preventive services with no cost-sharing. In New York, 1,495,198 individuals with traditional Medicare used one or more free preventive service in 2012.

In 2011 and 2012, 71 million Americans with private health insurance gained preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing, including 4,401,000 in New York. And for policies renewing on or after August 1, 2012, women can now get coverage without cost-sharing of even more preventive services they need. Approximately 47 million women, including 3,092,653 in New York will now have guaranteed access to additional preventive services without cost-sharing.

Health plans are now required to allow parents to keep their children under age 26 without job-based coverage on their family coverage, and, thanks to this provision, 3.1 million young people have gained coverage nationwide. As of December 2011, 160,000 young adults in New York gained insurance coverage as a result of the health care law.

The Affordable Care Act is also removing barriers for people with Medicare. With no deductibles or co-pays, cost is no longer a barrier for seniors and people with disabilities who want to stay healthy by detecting and treating health problems early. In 2012 alone, an estimated 34.1 million people with Medicare benefited from Medicare's coverage of preventive services with no cost-sharing. In New York, 1,495,198 individuals with traditional Medicare used one or more free preventive service in 2012.


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