Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced today a new analysis of the Affordable Care Act that shows thousands of New Mexicans in his district are already receiving the benefits of the health care law. The announcement comes on the same day that House Republicans are set to vote for the 38th time to repeal the provisions and protections of the Affordable Care Act.
"Instead of working on legislation to improve our economy, address the increase in student loan interest rates, or fix the sequester's arbitrary spending cuts, House Republicans are wasting more time on the 38th vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act," Congressman Luján said. "Once again, House Republicans have shown that they are not interested in solving the real challenges facing our country."
A new analysis prepared by the Minority staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee provides estimates by congressional district of the number of people benefiting from the health care law.
"Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, thousands of New Mexican families have already seen lower costs and better coverage," added Luján. "From children with preexisting conditions and young adults, to senior citizens on Medicare -- New Mexicans have been receiving critical protections and savings due to the Affordable Care Act."
According to the analysis for New Mexico's Third District, as a result of the health care law:
- 7,700 additional young adults in the Third District have coverage through their parents' plans. The health care law requires health insurers to permit parents to retain coverage for their children until their 26th birthday.
- 5,600 seniors are paying less for prescription drugs. The health care law is providing major savings in drug costs for seniors in the Medicare Part D "donut hole.' Because of this provision, 5,600 seniors have received prescription drug discounts worth $7.3 million -- an average discount of $410 per person in 2011, $810 in 2012, and $880 thus far in 2013.
- 105,000 seniors in the district are now eligible for Medicare preventive services without any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
- 147,000 individuals in private plans in New Mexico's Third District are receiving free preventive services. Since September 2010, the health care law also provides, for those enrolled in most private plans, free coverage of preventive services. As a result, 147,000 New Mexicans in private plans -- including 32,000 children and 60,000 women -- now have health insurance that covers preventive services without any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductible.
- 43,000 children with pre-existing conditions are protected. Since September 2010, the health care law has prohibited insurers from denying coverage to children for having a pre-existing health condition.
- 163,000 individuals have had lifetime limits on coverage eliminated. Since September 2010, the health care law has prohibited insurers from placing a lifetime limit on coverage. Beginning in 2014, individuals will not face an annual limit on coverage.
- 147,000 uninsured individuals will have access to quality coverage without fear of discrimination or higher rates because of a preexisting condition. In addition 33,000 individuals who currently purchase private health insurance on the individual or small group market will have access to more secure, higher quality coverage and many will be eligible for financial assistance.
"This week, House Republicans have renewed their effort to repeal and undermine the Affordable Care Act. Rather than obstruct the process, we should be working together to successfully implement the law," Luján concluded. "We have already seen millions of Americans benefit from the protections and savings the Affordable Care Act provides, and I will keep working until all New Mexicans have the health insurance they deserve and the peace of mind that they will have the care they need when they need it most."