Without health insurance reform, the number of uninsured Americans would have dramatically increased over the next decade. Hospitals would have lost even more money from having to provide care to people without insurance, thousands of businesses would have seen their premiums skyrocket, and fewer people would have health insurance through their employers.
Some of the immediate benefits of health insurance reform include:
- Providing access to coverage to uninsured who have a pre-existing condition by 2014
- Reducing and then banning annual limits of coverage
- Barring insurance companies from arbitrarily dropping your coverage
- Eliminates insurance eligibility rules that discriminate in favor of higher wage employees
- Ensuring Americans who already have coverage get access to free preventive care like mammograms
- Cutting brand-name prescription drug costs in half for seniors on the Medicare Part D "donut hole"
- Giving Medicare beneficiaries access to free preventive care and a free annual check-up
- You can keep your current insurance coverage if you choose to
- Helps early retirees, ages 55 to 64, offset cost of premiums
Tomorrow: Making Coverage More Affordable, Portable, Stable
Do you think health insurance reform will help you afford medical treatment in the future?