What Health Care Reform Means For You
FOR THE VALLEY:
- No discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions
- Children can stay on their parents’ insurance until they’re 26
- Ban on insurance plans dropping you if you get sick
- Ban on lifetime coverage limits and caps out-of-pocket expenses
- Tax cuts for 156,000 middle class households in the district to pay for coverage
- Closing the Medicare Part D donut hole
- Extends the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund from 2017 to 2026
- Free preventive care under Medicare – no co-payments and deductibles
- Help for early retirees – temporary coverage for ages 55-64
- Ban on gender rating that results in higher premiums for women
- Eliminates all co-pays and deductibles for preventive services like mammograms
- No discrimination for pre-existing conditions such as having had a C-section or being the victim of domestic violence
FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:
- $40 billion in tax credits for small businesses to help them offer employee coverage
- 9,700 small businesses in the district qualify for tax credits of up to 50% of the costs of providing insurance
- The same access to quality, affordable coverage that larger firms have
- Lower administrative costs and stable pricing from year to year
For more information on how heathcare reform effects you, including resources for state insurance plans and updates on the new heatlh insurance exchange system, please visit www.heathcare.gov.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
For the full text of the H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, please go here.
More on Strengthening Healthcare
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement in reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of the American Health Care Act that passed the House of Representatives on May 4th:
Madera, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) announced $400,000 for Camarena Health in Madera County. The grant is made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The funding will go toward improving and establishing facilities to boost health services in rural areas.
Merced, CA – Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) announced a combined total of $1,601,548 for community health centers in Merced County. Livingston Community Health received $1,118,215 and Golden Valley Health Centers received $483,333. These grants are made available through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The funding will go toward improving and establishing facilities to boost health services in rural areas.
On behalf of our board of directors and employees, Golden Valley Health Centers thanks Rep. Jim Costa for supporting HR 2 last month.
This piece of legislation, more commonly known as the “Doc Fix,” will relieve the nation’s healthcare system of what would’ve been a drastic cut in Medicare reimbursement. And, while important, the bill also contained much needed Federal support for community health centers across the nation, which were also facing a funding cliff set to take effect in October.