We need to take a break from our other critical work to continue to educate our elected leaders about the important early gains provided by the Affordable Care Act:
- Children can’t be denied insurance coverage because of a preexisting condition like asthma or cancer.
- Parents can keep college-age children on their parents’ policies until they turn 26.
- Coverage can no longer be canceled when someone in the family gets sick.
- A serious illness like leukemia or ALS won’t bury families in debt because of lifetime limits on payments for care.
- You can’t be charged extra for seeking urgent care at an emergency room that is not in the insurance company’s provider network.
- Insurance companies have to spend more of your premiums on care, rather than advertising or CEO salaries.
- Prescription drugs are more affordable for seniors on Medicare.
- Seniors receive free screenings for cancer and other diseases.
Our leaders in Congress should not abandon these critical protections for families in exchange for an empty promise to consider these issues later. America’s children and families have waited too long for Congress to turn the clock back now.