Posts Tagged ‘Affordable Care Act’

Congressman Jim McDermott: Statement on the Affordable Care Act

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

“I wholeheartedly stand with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and State Insurance Commissioner Michael Kreidler in supporting our state’s continued full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“Like them, I understand the deep frustration and disappointment that some of our citizens are feeling right now. It is devastating to hear from

constituents that are experiencing policy terminations, especially knowing that insurance companies could have grandfathered their plans under the terms of the law…

“Washington State has a robust exchange, and those who are losing the unreliable and deceptive plans of the past can often find real, meaningful coverage for affordable prices there. My office has taken many calls from

constituents who have experienced this exact circumstance….

“At the end of the day, the decision to raise prices, including dropping grandfathered plans to make a bigger profit, lies in the hands of the executives of private insurance companies. Moving forward with implementation of the Affordable Care Act is how we fight unfair and unjustified rate hikes, ensure quality coverage and guarantee access to health care services. Without the Affordable Care Act we will get what we have always had: a sky-high number of uninsured citizens, health plans that few can afford, and coverage that disappears when you need it most. That’s not the health care system the American people want.”

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7), November 15, 2013

Better coverage coming for mental illness

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

By Rap Lewis 

One of the most under-reported benefits of the new Affordable Care Act is also one of the most transformative.

The law’s near-universal coverage will apply not just to medical problems, but to psychiatric disorders as well. The law combines parity of coverage with the individual mandate requiring insurance.

To grasp the importance of this coverage, consider that about half of Americans will experience a major psychiatric or substance disorder during their lives, according to an authoritative 2005 study cited by Dr. Richard A. Freedman in The New York Times.

Until now, Dr. Freedman notes, “people with mental illness and substance disorders have faced stingy annual and lifetime cps on coverage, higher deductibles, or simply no coverage at all.”

There is solid evidence that timely care can positively change the course of psychiatric illness, Dr. Freedman said.

Older people with mental illness will benefit as the new law phases out the “doughnut hole” over the next eight years, making psychiatric medicines much more affordable.

“This law has the potential to change the course of life for psychiatric patients for the better, and in that sense it is both humane and right,” said Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, president of the American Psychiatric Association.

Care Act saves billions

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Affordable Care Act has saved 5.2 million seniors and people with disabilities over $3.9 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

In the first half of 2012, over one million people with Medicare saved a total of $687 million on prescription drugs in the “doughnut hole” coverage gap for an average savings of $629.

The law has given seniors and people with disabilities several opportunities to save on prescription drugs. In 2010, people with Medicare who hit the doughnut hole received a one-time $250 rebate. Those 2010 rebates totaled $946 million.

In 2011, people with Medicare began receiving a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and a 7 percent discount on generic drugs in the doughnut hole. Last year, these discounts totaled over $2.3 billion in savings. In the first six months of 2012, people with Medicare have saved $687 million. 

The Supreme Court…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

…of the United States, showing an astonishing lack of respect for the Retiree Advocate deadline, delivered its 5-4 decision upholding the Affordable Care Act just as we were going to press with our July issue. For now, we’ll simply hail this magnificent victory for the health of the American people. We’ll publish a more considered assessment in August. One note: Historic as this decision is, our work is not done until we enact a red, white and blue version of single payer health care. So let’s
celebrate the victory, then get back to work!