Affordable Care Act Enables Health Care Coverage for 28,000 Wisconsin Residents
Nationwide Health Care Law Helped 2.5 Million Young Adults
MADISON -- The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is pleased to announce news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showing that the Affordable Care Act continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance.
Before the Affordable Care Act, more young Americans lacked health insurance than any other age group -- accounting for more than one in five of the uninsured. Going without insurance puts the health and finances of millions of young people at risk.
Contrary to the myth that young people don't need health insurance, one in six young adults has a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes or asthma. Studies show that nearly half of uninsured young adults reported problems paying their medical bills and others forwent regular care, like checkups or recommended screenings, due to cost.
President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act to put affordable, quality health insurance back within reach of all Americans. Thanks to the new law, young adults can now stay on their parents' plan up to age 26.
Originally, the Dept. of Health and Human Services projected that 1.24 million young adults would gain coverage in 2011 as a result of this part of the law. The actual numbers double those initial expectations. The CDC recently announced that 2.5 million young adults now have health coverage, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
“In Wisconsin, that means an estimated 28,000 young Americans now have access to health care because of this new law,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate.
Health care reform does more than just expand coverage. It also puts an end to insurance company abuses. Already, insurance companies cannot use a lifetime cap or cancel coverage when someone gets sick and millions of Americans can get preventive care without copays or cost-sharing. And, soon, it will be illegal for insurance companies to refuse to cover someone with pre-existing conditions.