3:01 PM Eastern - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The healthcare law "helps give working people back more personal freedom" #the-healthcare-law

Stories from the States: SEIU members share how the Affordable Care Act gives them greater personal freedom, greater control of their own healthcare.

As I talk to our members from across the country, they've shared some powerful stories of how the Affordable Care Act is helping them live healthier lives.

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PHOTO: SEIU-UHW member Mylane Hastings

One such story came from Mylane Hastings, an SEIU-UHW member who works as a Respiratory Therapist at CHW Mercy San Juan Medical Center.

"I have high blood pressure, I'm African American, and I'm a woman. Each of those is a 'pre-existing condition' according to most health insurers," said Mylane.

Mylane is one of more than 129 million Americans with chronic illnesses and pre-existing conditions. But thanks to the new healthcare law, Mylane will never again be unable to find coverage after 2014, nor will insurance companies be allowed to deny her coverage.

  → Read the rest of Mylane's story.

Find out how the healthcare law is helping you and your family at SEIU's online healthcare law hub: http://www.seiu.org/the-healthcare-law

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