Today, Congresswoman Janice Hahn recognized the third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act that has already helped millions of Californians, citing a new report by the Department of Health and Human Service. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010.
"Three years ago, Congress made history by passing a health care law that the American people have been demanding for decades. Now the Affordable Care Act is working for America by holding insurance companies accountable, bringing down health care costs, and helping more families get the peace of mind of affordable health insurance, including millions of Californians," said Congresswoman Hahn.
The new report shows that the ACA has already ensured that millions of Californians are receiving the critical health care services they would not have otherwise had. In California alone: 12 million people, including 4.4 million women and 3.2 million children, are free from worrying about lifetime coverage limits; 15,000 previously uninsured people with pre-existing conditions are now covered; and those who use Medicare saved over $453.8 million on prescription drugs through closing the "donut hole".
"Three years into the legislation's implementation, there is much progress to celebrate and more victories to look forward to. The Affordable Care Act has already saved American consumers $2.1 billion. Millions of young people have been able to stay on their parent's health care plans. Millions of seniors are able to afford the prescription drugs they need. And beginning in 2014 being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition. I will continue to advocate for a healthier America and fight any effort to repeal this critical law," Hahn added.