Why Every Child Needs to #GetCovered
Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, we are asked what the law does for children. We think the act is a historic step for the health of America’s children because it:
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- Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions and protects families if their child needs extensive care.
- Increases coverage through the Children’s Health Insurance Program which insures millions of children.
- Provides pediatric benefit packages with oral and vision coverage for all children. The law requires coverage of not only basic pediatric services under all new health plans, but also oral and vision needs, starting next year. Many health plans do not provide coverage for needed child health services, and 12 percent of children have not had a doctor’s visit in the past year. These inadequate plans would end.
- Improves quality of care for children. The law develops children’s quality priorities and promotes children’s quality measurement and reporting to improve the care that our nation’s children receive.
- Increases health insurance choices through state-based health insurance Exchanges to families without job-based coverage and provides tax credits to those who can’t afford it.
- Ends the lifetime caps on coverage. The law ends all lifetime limits on how much insurance companies cover if beneficiaries get sick and bans insurance companies from dropping people from coverage when they get sick.
- Extends coverage of youth up to the age of 26. Millions of young adults have received coverage as a result of this law.
If you’re not yet covered, the enrollment period for 2014 ends on March 31st. Go to www.healthcare.gov to find out what is available to you and sign up for coverage. Even if you miss the March 31st deadline for 2014, if you are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, you can continue to enroll. Go to www.healthcare.gov and find out.
Despite all these benefits, many politicians in Washington wants to repeal these benefits and deny coverage to millions of children. The US House of Representatives has voted to take away these benefits 52 times since 2011. Too many children have come too far to lose their access to a healthy life.Click here to contact your member of Congress and tell them you support the Affordable Care Act and oppose any effort to repeal it.