Affordable Care Act Provisions for January 1, 2013
- Improving Preventive Health Coverage. To expand the number of Americans receiving preventive care, the law provides new funding to state Medicaid programs that choose to cover preventive services for patients at little or no cost. Effective January 1, 2013.
- Increasing Medicaid Payments for Primary Care Doctors. As Medicaid programs and providers prepare to cover more patients in 2014, the Act requires states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100% of Medicare payment rates in 2013 and 2014 for primary care services. The increase is fully funded by the federal government. Effective January 1, 2013.
Republicans’ efforts to undo President Barack Obama’s health care reform law appear to have come to an end, as House Speaker John Boehner described it Thursday as the “law of the land.”
In an interview with ABC News, the nation’s top elected Republican seemed to indicate that Congress wouldn’t engage in the type of repeated repeal votes the way it had in the past two years.
To remind Romney and Republicans of what’s at stake, here are 33 reasons why repealing Obamacare would be bad news for the middle class:
- Seniors in the Medicare “doughnut hole” are saving an average of $600 each on prescription drugs.
- Many small businesses that provide health insurance are eligible for tax credits that can currently reduce their health care costs by as much as 35 percent, and will increase to 50 percent in 2014.
- Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to the up to 17 million kids with pre-existing conditions like Jackson Coffman.
- Stacey Lihn and 105 million Americans—including almost 60 percent of people with insurance from their employer—saw a lifetime cap on their coverage lifted.
- More than 5 million people with Medicare have saved money on their prescription drugs.
- Starting in 2014, being a woman will no longer be considered a pre-existing condition.
BREAKING: GOP plans to replace ObamaCare with IDontCare.
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld President Obama’s health-reform law, one new poll suggests most people want the law’s opponents to drop their repeal efforts and move on to other problems. Another poll suggests the public is as divided by the law as ever.
In the latest survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 56 percent of respondents said they prefer Obamacare opponents “stop their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems,” while 38 percent said they prefer those opponents “continue trying to block the law from being implemented.”
- House Democrats have raised $2.3 million since last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the health care law and marked their biggest grassroots fundraising day in history, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said early Tuesday.
Nearly 65,000 Democratic supporters have contributed an average of $35 since the high court ruled on Thursday that President Barack Obama’s signature health care law was constitutional. Grassroots donors gave more money on Saturday than any other day in history, DCCC chairman Steve Israel said.
“House Democrats are shattering records because Americans are energized about historic protections for middle-class health care consumers and appalled that Republicans plan to vote to put insurance companies back in charge of their health care,” Israel said in a statement. “House Democrats are on offense and will continue to unmask this House Republican majority’s reckless agenda that started with drastically cutting Medicare for seniors to protect millionaires and is now determined to repeal health care consumer protections for families to protect insurance company profits.”