• DID YOU KNOW THAT…

    30,000 young adults in South Carolina and 2.5 million young adults nationwide now have health care coverage;

    Nearly 46 million Medicare beneficiaries now have access to free health services—including an annual wellness visit and health screenings—to help detect and treat medical conditions early; and,

    32 million more Americans will be able to afford insurance for the first time, and 95 percent of Americans under age 65 will have insurance,

    …all thanks to the President’s Affordable Care Act.

    President Obama passed the landmark Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010. The historic legislation has made health care more accessible for individuals and families and brought much-needed transparency to the insurance industry. When fully implemented, the Affordable Care Act will end the worst insurance company abuses, including denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or cancelling coverage when someone gets sick.

    Thanks to new guidelines in the Affordable Care Act, women will have access to a wide range of preventive health services—well-woman visits, contraception counseling, STI screenings, and more—without a copayment or deductible under new insurance plans. And help for small businesses under the Affordable Care Act will reduce small business health care costs by nearly 9 percent.

    By 2019, the Affordable Care Act will have slowed health care premium growth rates and added $2,000 to the average family’s savings. The law is also expected to reduce the deficit by $127 billion between 2012 to 2021.

    Later this month, on March 23rd, we’ll celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and throughout the month we’ll be highlighting your stories. How has the Affordable Care Act impacted you or someone you know? We want to hear your story. So share it with us here: http://OFA.BO/AWakt7.

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