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Rush Reports Positive Impact of Health Care Reform for First District Residents

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Location: Chicago, IL

Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) released the latest data compiled by federal agencies on the impact of President Obama's Health Care Reform Legislation for residents of the First Congressional District. After two years the Affordable Care Act has yielded the following results:

5,000 young adults in the district now have health insurance.

4,100 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $2.5 million, an average discount of $610 per senior.

65,000 seniors in the district received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

20,000 children and 90,000 adults now have health insurance that covers preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

480 small businesses in the district received tax credits to help maintain or expand health care coverage for their employees.

$13.7 million in public health grants have been given to community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the district to improve the community's health.
8,000 to 38,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.

"Healthcare reform is already helping my constituents," Rush said, "The latest data demonstrates concrete benefits to young adults, seniors and small businesses. This is an important piece of legislation that has real and immediate impact on the lives of people. And this is just the beginning."

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