On July 11, I voted against H.R. 6079, a bill which would repeal the Affordable Care Act. Americans are already benefiting from consumer protections included in the law, and millions more will see benefits in 2014 when additional provisions kick in. Some of the provisions I voted to protect include:
o Young adults can now remain on their parent’s health insurance plans until they turn 26.
o Significant discounts on brand-name and generic drugs for seniors, closing the infamous Medicare “donut hole”.
o Insurance companies can no longer put lifetime caps on benefits, protecting people with cancer and other chronic diseases.
o $11 billion in new funding for Community Health Centers, to provide care in rural and underserved areas.
o New investments in primary care, nursing and public health training programs.
o Free preventive care.
o Free immunizations.
o Tightly restricts annual limits on insurance coverage and completely eliminates them by 2014.
o Small-group plans must spend at least 80% of premiums on health care. For large-group plans, that requirement is 85%. Insurance companies that fail to meet this goal must provide rebates to consumers.
o High Risk pools, created to offer immediate insurance for people dropped from their prior plans because of a pre-existing condition.