ACA is helping millions
Americans experiencing better health, lower costs
In the 20 months since President Barack Obama signed the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, millions of Americans have already been receiving help they need to improve their health, improve their care and save money. Consider a few key points:
More coverage: About 1 million young adults ages 19 to 25 have gained health insurance thanks to the new rules that allow young people to stay on their parent’s health plan.
More than 30,000 uninsured Americans who cannot get coverage from private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition are insured through the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan.
Lower costs: More than 2.2 million people with Medicare have begun receiving a 50% discount on their covered brand name prescription drugs in the doughnut hole in 2011, already saving a total of $1.2 billion—an average savings of $545 for every beneficiary. workers and their families through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.
Patient protections: The Patient’s Bill of Rights is protecting millions of consumers through policies such as prohibiting insurers from denying coverage to children with preexisting conditions and making lifetime dollar limits on coverage illegal.
Forty-four states, five territories and the District of Columbia have been awarded $157 million to strengthen their processes for fighting unreasonable rate hikes.
Better access to care: The number of healthcare professionals joining the National Health Service Corps and serving underserved rural and urban communities has nearly tripled to more than 10,000 strong.
More than 330 community health centers, which see patients regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay, have opened or expanded.
Better care: More than 20 million American seniors and people with disabilities in Medicare have accessed at least one recommended preventive service without paying an extra penny out of pocket.
New health insurance plans also have to cover recommended preventive services without cost-sharing, benefiting as many as 41 million Americans this year.
Already more than 3,000 leading hospitals have signed on to the Partnership for Patients, committing themselves to the goal of reducing healthcare-acquired conditions by 40%, saving as many as 60,000 lives and protecting more than 1.6 million patients from injury.