Franken: Minnesotans Reap Benefits of Health Reform
Six months ago today, President Barack Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) voted in favor of. In an op-ed today, Sen. Franken outlined the importance of the key benefits Minnesotans are already receiving from this legislation.
"I supported reform because I heard too many stories from people across our state about how our system was falling short," said Sen. Franken. "The new law is already making a difference. As it continues to take effect, Minnesotans will finally be able to enjoy real health security and will continue to see why we worked so hard to pass reform."
Below are some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act that go into effect today. These stipulations will protect Minnesotans and help fix the broken insurance system. To learn about other provisions and read more about those listed below, click here.
· Children with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied health coverage.
· Young adults will be allowed to stay on their parents' plan until they turn 26 years old.
· Insurance companies will be prohibited from dropping coverage if beneficiaries get sick.
· Lifetime limits on insurance coverage will be eliminated.
· Relief for four million seniors who hit the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole."
· Small business will be given a health insurance tax credit.
· Free preventive care.
Sen. Franken's editorial on health reform can be read here.