New Web site educates consumers on health care law

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Eight organizations including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network launched a Web site on March 1 to explain to individuals, families, small business owners, employees and health care professionals what the Affordable Care Act means for them.

A new Kaiser poll continues to underscore the public's lack of knowledge about the health care reform: almost half of those surveyed either believed the health law had been outright repealed (22%) or didn’t know enough to answer one way or the other (26%).

Healthcareandyou.org was developed by the Health Care and You Coalition — representing American Association of Retired Persons (AARP),  American Academy of Family Physicians, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, Catholic Health Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association.
 
The site provides tailored information for users including what provisions of the Affordable Care Act are in place now, what changes go into effect leading up to and beyond 2014, what's happening in their state, and how the law impacts them. The Web site provides video content and in the future it will provide a chat feature that will allow users to ask members of the Health Care and You coalition questions about the law. Content will be continuously updated to reflect changes to the law made at the federal or state levels. 


Facts about the Affordable Care Act

 

Right Now …


- Young adults can stay on their parent’s health plan up to age 26.
- Insurance companies can’t put dollar limits on the care they cover in your lifetime. 
- People in Medicare can get preventive and screening services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, at no cost to the patient.
- Small business tax credits are available to some small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. The credits will cover up to 35% of the employer’s cost of providing health insurance for its workers.

Down the road …


- Insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.
- Health insurance will cover essential health benefits, and care will be guaranteed to nearly all Americans.
- Beginning in 2014, the small business tax credit increases from 35 - 50% for eligible companies.
- States and the exchanges: Americans without health insurance and small business owners will be able to compare and shop for health insurance through state-based marketplaces called exchanges. There will be exchanges in every state starting in 2014 – some states have started to determine how their exchange will function.

Learn more at Healthcareandyou.org.