Today, we can celebrate a momentous achievement.
After 60 years of fighting for meaningful health care reform, the House of Representatives passed sweeping and comprehensive reform that will better the lives of millions of Americans and was signed into law today by President Obama. It holds insurance companies accountable, puts an end to their worst practices, protects consumers, makes sure employers meet their responsibilities, and expands coverage to 32 million more Americans.
In addition, it:
- Saves families between $2000 a year (CBO) and $3000 (Business Roundtable) in premium payments by 2019.
- Caps out of pocket costs and eliminates insurance company limits, both annual and lifetime
- Effectively ends medical bankruptcies – now running 700,000 a year in the US, two-thirds of which involve “fully insured” people – by eliminating insurance limits and capping out-of-pocket costs.
- Ends gender discrimination in setting insurance rates
- Establishes a procedure to review insurance premium increases and takes action against unreasonable rate hikes.
The fight isn’t over.
The Senate now begins work on the reconciliation package that passed and makes significant improvements to the Senate bill. Call Senators Webb and Warner and ask them to vote in favor of those changes.
Senator Webb (DC Office) 202-224-4024
Senator Warner (DC Office) 202-224-2023
This reform package will be a huge step but it isn’t the end of progress. The fight continues.
For now, please take a moment to thank the members of our Virginia delegation who voted for this historic legislation that helps Americans immediately and in real and tangible ways:
- D.C. 202-225-8351
- Hampton Roads 757-380-1000
- Richmond 804-644-4845
- D.C. 202-225-4711
- Martinsville (276) 656-2291
- Charlottesville 434) 293-9631
- Danville (434) 791-2596
- Farmville (434) 392-1997
- D.C. 202-225-4376
- Alexandria 703-971-4700
- D.C. 202-225-1492
- Annandale 703-256-3071
- Prince William 703-670-4989
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