9:13 AM Eastern - Thursday, January 31, 2013

Healthcare Activists and Experts Gather to Take On New Challenges for the Healthcare Law #default

Congress voted for it. President Obama signed it. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld it. Yet the Affordable Care Act (ACA) still faces obstacles as key provisions and benefits are put in place for 32 million Americans between now and 2014.

Considering that Medicare and Medicaid are under constant attacks from legislators who
seek to balance the budget on the backs of our country's most vulnerable, SEIU Healthcare members continue to stand with healthcare advocates, community leaders, students, and other healthcare workers in the battle to protect healthcare for every man, woman and child across our nation.

While Republicans remain vigilant in their push to take away the benefits of the law, including those that are already improving the lives of more than 100 million Americans, at the upcoming FamiliesUSA Health Action Conference this Friday and Saturday, SEIU Healthcare Chair Dr. L. Toni Lewis will join other advocates and healthcare policy experts to highlight why we must work together to overcome the social, economic and educational barriers that could prevent working women and men from benefitting from the law and improving their health.

At the same time, we must raise public awareness about what's already working, upcoming benefits, and how to ensure that we can reach and inform seniors, children, women and communities of color about the law.

Our message will be clear: affordable and accessible healthcare is not a privilege reserved for only the wealthy and healthy.

SEIU members will also continue to spread the word that more Americans are already seeing the benefits of this landmark legislation. Right now, the law:

  • Protects every American from the worst insurance abuses.
  • Young adults can stay on their parent's health insurance plans until age 26.
  • Insurance companies are required to provide preventative care such as mammograms and cancer screenings at no additional cost.
  • Children can no longer be denied care because of pre-existing conditions, and the same will be true for all adults in 2014.
  • Also, women will no longer be charged more than men.
  • In addition, insurance companies are now required to spend 80 percent of their premiums on actual healthcare, not CEO bonuses.
  • Later this year, the law will provide additional funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, insuring that more children have access to quality healthcare
Forums like the FamiliesUSA Health Action Conference remind us that quality, accessible healthcare makes for a healthier and more equitable society.

To sign up for the conference or learn more about FamiliesUSA, visit their website at http://www.familiesusa.org/.

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