Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act! A MomsRising member stories blog carnival
March 23rd will mark the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act. In the time since it first went into effect, this law has improved the lives and health of millions--with many more improvements to come as the law is fully implemented in 2014.
At MomsRising, we've heard from thousands of moms and dads across the country who are sleeping better at night because they know their families can get the health care they need. So far, because of health reform, 86 million Americans have been able to get important preventive care including well checks, vaccines, and cancer screenings that help reduce health care costs down the line. Approximately 2.5 million young adults are no longer uninsured because they now have the option of staying on their parents’ health plans - giving this generation a chance to get a healthy start to their adult life. And, importantly, approximately 5 million children with pre-existing conditions are not facing a lifetime of insurance denials and reaching a lifetime limit of medical care.
Our MomsRising Affordable Care Act Blog Carnival features the stories of our members about how the Affordable Care Act is helping their families. These stories are moving and powerful. Stories from moms like:
MomsRising member Tracy Muñoz who writes that the provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health insurance policies till the age of 26 allowed her oldest child to continue to pursue his graduate studies and secure his financial future without putting his health at risk. He says that without this support, he would likely be forced to discontinue his studies.
MomsRising member Felicia Willems, who shares that without the ACA, her family probably wouldn’t have had coverage for her son, Ethan, who had a benign vascular tumor and required chemotherapy and other medical treatment, followed by physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Millions of families, like Tracy’s and Felicia’s have been helped, but millions more are hanging on, waiting until the law is fully implemented in 2014. Even as we speak, some lawmakers and candidates are vowing to repeal this important consumer protection law. Too much is as stake to remain silent. We've seen first-hand the positive impact health reform has had already and we won't go back to the days when consumers had no power to fight against insurance company abuses like dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
Speak Up/ Tweet Up on Thursday, March 22nd with the White House and Felicia and Tracy!
Please read the moving stories below and share them with your friends and family. And please also join us Thursday, March 22nd at 2:00 PM EDT for a tweetchat with Tracy and Felicia and top White House officials about the Affordable Care Act. Ask a question, share a story, or simply retweet to get out the info to your network. Follow #ACAwhchat on Twitter.
If you have questions on how to participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And check out the inspiring stories below!
The Night Health Reform Was Passed, Kris Cambra
Keeping your child healthy is stressful enough, Deidre Bagocki
Thanks to the ACA, my daughter is safe from losing coverage, Elaine Cornett
Thanks to the ACA, our son is fully covered, Dawn Josephson
How much more pressure do families have to face?, Tracy Heiman
An unusual first four years of life, Felicia Willems
My son is a leukemia survivor, Michelle Cunningham
Informarse para cuidar mejor la salud de nuestros hijos, Jeannette Kaplun
How Health Reform is Helping Children Nationwide, Voices for America's Children
Diagnosed with liver disease at 19, planning for my health coverage, Bonnie Brueggeman
The Limbo of a College Graduate, Brittany Papalia
How the ACA is Helping My Family, Sarah Robinson
Thank you, ACA: Protecting Our Country’s Well-being by Protecting Students, Andrea Alajbegovic
I finally have hope that I can maintain my health!, Jordyn Zimmerman
My daughter has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Carol Rayner
Health reform gave my son affordable coverage, Donna Crane
I have been a Type-1 diabetic since childhood, Jasmine Ong
I believe everyone should have access to health care, Akbar Rahman
I am so grateful for health reform, Peggy Jenks
We pray every day that my daughter's health holds up, Mary Tabatcher
We can't afford to drop COBRA. We can't afford COBRA., Marya Kowal
Getting health coverage for my pregnancy, Katelyn Oldham
New Options for Those with Chronic Illness, Dania Palanker
I want to stand up for the expansion of Medicaid, Gail Schimmelpfennig
The Affordable Care Act has impacted me -- and my employer, Donna Rodriguez
Health Reform and the Economy
Health reform has given our family hope, Brenda Adrine
The Affordable Care Act has helped me get necessary preventive care, Cindy Okolichany
The Affordable Care Act and Women - Two Years On and Working Strong, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
5 Ways Health Reform Helps Women, Erin Armstrong
Health Care Reform and Breastfeeding, Saray Hill, IBCLC
Reform. It's Good for Your Health., Leni Preston
I will NOT be denied: Protect Women's Health!, Leni Preston
The Last Two Years: Health Care Reform Continues to be the Right Choice for Wisconsin Women, Raising Wisconsin Women's Voices