Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), an advocate for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is taking every opportunity to educate the community on how this health reform will benefit families across the nation.
The new plan will expand Medi-Cal, covering those under the age of 65 including the disabled. Families living in 133 percent of poverty will also be eligible to receive affordable healthcare.
Millions of Americans are already benefiting from the ACA, Senator Boxer said at a press conference held in Oakland earlier this month. More than 17.6 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage and 105 million Americans no longer have lifetime dollar limits on their coverage.
Right now, 3 million young adults in the U.S. are insured through their parents’ health plan, of that number 400,000 in California under the healthcare provision allowing young people to remain on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26.
California has the highest number of uninsured residents of any state at 7 million. After the ACA goes into effect on Oct. 1, those uninsured or struggling to pay excruciating medical costs could have some relief, including free preventive services such as cancer, diabetes, and blood pressure screenings.
“The point of it is to get the uninsured insured and make everybody healthier,” said Senator Boxer. “At the end of the day, healthier families, happier families, lower costs to society, lower costs to our families, and that’s what it’s really about.”
Millions of Californians will be able to use Covered California, “an easy-to-access marketplace where people can compare health plans and buy insurance that works the best for them and their families and their budget,” Senator Boxer said.
“On Oct. 1, millions of Americans, millions of Californians and in fact, 56,000 Alameda County residents will be eligible for Medi-Cal expansion and 107,000 people in [Alameda] County will be able to benefit from the subsidies that Covered California brings,” said Herb Schultz, Regional Director (Region IX), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Under this new plan and through Covered California, small businesses, families, and individuals who meet certain income requirements are able to benefit from tax credits making their health plan more affordable.
“We can protect our families, we can hold insurance companies accountable, save consumers and small businesses money; providing families with the security of knowing their coverage will be there when they need it the most,” Senator Boxer said.
For more information on the Affordable Care Act and its benefits, visit www.coveredca.com.