Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Affordable Care Act

By Connie Entrekin

As you all are well aware, in March of 2010, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - the largest reform of America’s health care system since the 1960s. Despite opposition, and the recent Supreme Court hearings, the Affordable Care Act continues to gain popularity as more provisions are implemented. Seniors and retirees are experiencing tremendous benefits from the new health law with more to follow.

Already this law has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in savings that is being used to improve quality of care.  Under the law, health insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny care to older Americans with pre-existing health conditions. Furthermore, Medicare beneficiaries are receiving free annual checkups and they no longer have to pay for preventative screenings. The law has started to close the prescription drug donut hole; it has expanded options for home-based care, provided early retirees with affordable health options, and protected the Medicare trust fund for years to come.

Now is the time to learn and educate others about the benefits of this important legislation, in order to push back against a repeal movement that would destroy the extraordinary gains we have made through this Act.

Please take the time to share with your family, friends and chapter members the importance of this land mark legislation and the need for all of us to defend and promote it.

Connie Entrekin is President of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees

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