Providing quality health care for their loved ones is one of the challenges American families face daily. Advancements in medicine mean that Americans are living longer than ever, and with those advancements comes a responsibility to maintain access to care. I believe that quality, affordable health care should be a right for every American and not just a privilege for the few.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was an important step towards accomplishing that goal. Already, young adults are able to stay on their parents’ health plan for longer and seniors across the country are saving on their prescription drug costs. Children with preexisting conditions have access to health plans, and access for adults with preexisting conditions will expand in 2014. Healthcare Exchanges will help individuals and families find affordable, quality plans to fit their needs, and small businesses offer healthcare for their employees. Significantly, health care costs have begun to drop in recent years, after decades of steady increase.
However, the law is imperfect. While I have and will continue to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, we need to take a serious look at reforming the Affordable Care Act and take steps to further reduce our long term health care costs. We must address these long term challenges to ensure that a strong healthcare system will provide quality and affordable care for generations to come.
Affordable Care Act Implementation
For more information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
Maryland residents can sign up for a health benefit exchange at Marylandhbe.com .
Small business owners can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), which simplifies the process of buying health insurance for small business, and has information on the small business health care tax credit. Small business questions can also be answered at 1-800-706-7893.
Our office is also happy to assist you with ACA implementation questions. Please contact our office at 301-926-0300 or 202-225-2721.
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