Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so it seems appropriate that we step back and take stock of the law and its impact thus far. After all, the League played no small part in its historic passage!
- Medicare participants have annual checkups and mammograms covered at no cost to them.
- Children are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
- Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage.
- Young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26.
- The prescription drug coverage gap, the infamous Medicare “Donut Hole,” is gradually being phased out.
To date, for millions of Americans, this historic law has made a difference to their health and in their lives. Let’s celebrate and take note of the advances that have already taken place and those to come in the next few years.
There are challenges ahead and we must plan accordingly. On Monday, March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of oral arguments on various legal challenges to the ACA. In addition, there are congressional attempts to destructively amend the ACA and others to defund the law.