Health Care Reform
The Affordable Health Care for America Act is the most significant health care reform bill ever passed in Congress. I am proud to have lent my input and support for this landmark legislation that will provide health insurance coverage to 96% of Americans.
The Affordable Health Care for America Act will help The MED in Memphis by drastically reducing the number of uninsured patients. It will provide resources for more community health centers and family practice doctors in our inner city. This bill will help our city’s mothers and families through the inclusion of infant mortality programs, a measure based on my NEWBORN Act, which would establish 15 pilot programs across the country aimed at lowering the rate of infant mortality to promote research, education interventions, and access to prenatal care.
H.R. 3962 helps our nation’s young and old. It allows young Americans to remain on their parents’ health insurance until they turn 27, helping to cover one in three uninsured young adults. For seniors, this bill means better benefits and lower costs, and it will preserve Medicare’s solvency for years to come. It closes the donut hole for prescription coverage, and will result in lower overall prescription drug costs for seniors.
This legislation improves our nation’s focus on wellness and prevention programs. It eliminates out-of-pocket costs for most preventive services (like mammograms or colonoscopies), reducing the climbing cost of health care for every American. This bill ends the atrocious health insurance industry practice of discriminating against patients based on pre-existing health conditions such as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. Insurance companies will no longer be able to drop a patient when he or she gets ‘too sick,’ and will bar them from being able to place an arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage a patient can receive in a year or lifetime. It institutes a cap on how much a patient can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because no one should go broke when they get sick.
The passage of the Affordable Health Care for America Act is the culmination of an American political journey that started 97 years ago with Teddy Roosevelt in 1912 with the Bull Moose Party, and was picked up years later by Harry Truman and other presidents, including Richard Nixon. I am proud to be a part of this journey, and I look forward to the implementation of these great plans for the future of our district and nation.
STATE BY STATE FACTS
Why We Need Health Reform: State by State Fact Sheets (Center for American Progress)
What's in it for Young Americans?
Health Care for America's Children
EMPLOYERS & SMALL BUSINESSES
Small Business Guide
Employers and Health Reform
How Health Insurance Reform Helps Small Businesses
Health Care Surcharge Would Not Affect 98.8% of Small Business Owners
How Health Insurance Reform Will Bring Down Costs for Small Businesses (HealthReform.gov)
The Economic Effects of Health Care Reform on Small Businesses and Their Employees (Council of Economic Advisors)
The Economic Impact of Healthcare Reform on Small Businesses (Small Business Majority)
Health Reform and Breast Cancer: Making the Health Care System Work for Women (HealthReform.gov)
How Health Insurance Reform Will Help America’s Older and Senior Women (HealthReform.gov)
Affordable Health Care For America Act Committee and Leadership web page direct links: