WASHINGTON, DC – Dr. Vivek Murthy, president of Doctors for America, released the following statement honoring the six month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act:
“Today is a milestone day for health care in America. Starting today children can no longer be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition such as asthma, millions of young adults will have coverage through their parent’s plans until age 26, cancer patients no longer have to worry about their coverage rescinded or hitting their policies annual or lifetime limits. These changes will transform lives and give doctors the tools necessary to help our patients get the care they need.”
Provisions that take effect today include:
- No more getting dropped after you get sick - Insurance companies can no longer rescind coverage after the fact.
- Full access to coverage – Children under 19 can no longer be rejected from health care plans due to pre-existing conditions.
- No more annual or lifetime limits – Insurers can no longer limit the amount of coverage someone can receive over the year or their lifetime.
- Free preventive care - New health insurance plans must provide preventive services such as mammograms and immunizations.
- Expanded coverage to young adults - Young adults can stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26.
Doctors for America is a national organization of 15,000 physicians and medical students fighting for a system in which every American has equal access to quality healthcare. We envision a fair, effective and affordable healthcare system — one fundamentally transformed and guided by the core values of doctors and their patients.