Week of Action March 23 – March 30
This month we are celebrating the two year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the law that is already helping millions of Americans get affordable health insurance. Because of this law people no longer have to live in fear that their coverage will be canceled if they get sick or if they will hit their lifetime cap on what their insurance company will cover. In addition young Americans with a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes or cancer will no longer be denied care and they can stay on their par tent’s health insurance until they are 26 years old. And folks on Medicare can now get free preventative services to help them stay active and healthy as well as help with their prescription drugs.
Since we passed the Affordable Care Act, millions of our senior citizens have saved an average of over more then $600 dollars a year on their prescription drugs. This law also pays special attention to women’s health making sure that we have insurance coverage without a co-pay for the preventative services we need; things like mammograms, wellness visits and prenatal screening.
Believe it or not before my husband signed the Affordable Care Act into law insurance companies could actually charge women up to 50% more then men for their health care premiums simply because of their gender. The new law will end that unfair practice. And as a mom I know that the legacy of the health care reform will be a healthier future for my daughters and for all our sons and daughters. That is why we need to keep and build on the progress that we have made. So I hope that you will all join me and women across America in marking the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a week of action. From March 23 to March 30 we will be organizing and making phone calls and reaching out to friends and neighbors, to spread the word about what we have done to make health care better and more affordable for all Americans and to talk about why we need to stand up for the progress that we had made. I am so grateful to all of you who have shown your support and I know that you will make this week of action something very special.
Visit http://www.BarackObama.com/WomensWeek to get started.