While some politicians, pundits, and prognosticators have taken to the airwaves to claim that the Affordable Care Act is too complicated, cumbersome, and doomed to failure; people who are actually affected by the new law are excited about its implementation. How do we know that? They’re telling us.
MomsRising invited moms, dads, and grandparents, as well as bloggers, elected officials, and organizational leaders and others to share their thoughts and feelings about health reform on our web site. The response has been overwhelming. Across the country, families are breathing a collective sigh of relief knowing that loved ones who were previously unable to get health care or who were in danger of being cut off from health care will be able to get the treatment they need.
Today marks not only the six month anniversary of this important law, but also the day that a number of provisions go into effect that will curb health insurance industries worst abuses. These new provisions include:
* A ban on insurance companies discriminating against kids with pre-existing conditions;
* A ban on insurance companies dropping people from coverage when they get sick;
* And, a ban on insurance companies putting a lifetime limit on the amount of coverage they provide, so families can live with the security of knowing that their coverage will be there when they need it most.
These provisions are already making a huge difference in the lives of so many families in our nation, families whose voices are rarely heard but who've been struggling to meet the healthcare needs of their families, and they can now sleep better at night.
Check out these moving personal experiences here. And take a moment (or two moments) to read these wonderful blogs from parents, policy experts, and other opinion leaders.
*Check out the links below and leave your thoughts in the comments below! We look forward to hearing from you. And feel free to share the link to this blog carnival far & wide so others can learn more about their new rights too.
Today we celebrate new protections for health insurance consumers and we look forward to seeing this important law realize its promise to help keep our families and our nation healthier. And to the politicians, pundits and prognosticators who want to repeal and defund this law, we say, “No way, no how!”
*Six Months of the Affordable Care Act: Real rights, real protections, real benefits for real people, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
*10 Major New Health Reform Benefits Take Effect Today, Rep. John Larson
*Women Will Steer the Fate of Health Reform, Dora Calott Wang, MD
*What Will it Take to Get Health Insurance?, Athena Jones
*Putting the Law on Your Side: Six Month Health Care Law Anniversary, Stephanie Drahan and Thao Nguyen
Six Months Later: Top 10 Updates on Healthcare Reform and Implementation, Medicine e-Learning
The Cartoon Version of Health Reform, Health Access
Health Reform Implementation Timeline, Kaiser Family Foundation
Understanding the Health Insurance Exchange, Matthew Reiman
*Children's Lives Will Be Changed for the Better, Lisa Shapiro
COVERAGE: Everything You Need to Know About Dependents, Kavita Patel
*Anger, Threats and Fear - six months later, Dawn Comer Jefferson
Implementing Health Reform: Young Adult Coverage, Timothy Jost
Health-care reform will help young adults get coverage, Timothy Chapman, Althea Fung, Allison Chopin
Healthcare Reform is a Necessity, Not an Option, Laura Tellado
Health Reform Law's Pre-Existing Condition Plan Kicks In, Elder Law Answers
The Ugly Roommate, Goldie Taylor
Federal Health Reform: Impact on Small- and Medium-Sized Employers, Ashley Cohen, MPH
Health Reform is Good for Small Business Employees, Kate Pickert
*For All the Worrying Moms and Dads..., Donna Norton
*My Backyard Meeting with President Obama, Dawn Josephson
How the "Affordable Care Act" Could Benefit All Mamas on Bedrest, Darline Turner-Lee
*Why Can't Health Reform Be Sexy?, Gloria Riesgo
*Will Work For Health Reform, Xochitl Oseguera
*Families Need More Health Care Options, Dariela Cruz
*Mama Grizzlies for Health Reform (Heck Yah, We're All Mama Grizzlies for our kids), Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner
*Puerto Rico: Now, It's the Island's Turn to Work on Health Care, Natalia Bonilla
*Tenemos Que Seguir Luchando Por La Reforma de Seguro Médico, Luz Villafana
*The Fine Line, Liz Cerezo
Obama and Latinos Post Health Care Reform, Marcela Sanchez
Servicios de prevención gratis bajo nueva ley de salud, Vanessa Hand Orellana
Lifetime and Annual Limits
Three Terrifying Words: Lifetime Maximum Benefit, Timothy Foley
HHS Releases Guidance on Prohibition of Annual Limits, Mental Health Care Reform
Seniors: Health Care Reform FACTS Regarding Medicare, Sharon Shaw Elrod
Health Care Reform: Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, Susan M. Nash, Amy M. Gordon, Joanna C. Kerpen
*California is Blazing a Trail On Establishing Health Insurance Exchange Under ACA, Michael Odeh and Kristen Golden Testa
*Health Care Reform and Breastfeeding, Saray Hill
*Banner Day for Nation's Children, Wendy Lazarus
*A Doctor's Rx For Healthy Children, Laura Mabie, MD
Need Health Insurance for Your Child?, Children Now
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