National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Applauds Supreme Court Decision
June 25, 2015
National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. applauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to secure access to healthcare for ALL!
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday, June 25, 2015 ensures that millions of Americans who need health care will continue to be able to access it through the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court’s ruling holds that the Affordable Care Act authorized federal tax credits for eligible Americans living not only in states with their own exchanges but also in the 34 states with federal marketplaces.
The 6-3 decision declared a major victory for the more than 15 million people of every race across this nation who have gained access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. The continuation of benefits provides security and protection to families and individuals who had no insurance coverage in the past and struggled with health care affordability.
Now, through the 10 essential health benefits of the ACA, Americans have access to: Ambulatory Patient Services, Prescription Drugs, Emergency Care, Mental Health Services, Hospitalization, Rehabilitative and Habilitative Services, Preventive and Wellness Services, Laboratory, Pediatrics and Maternity and Newborn Care.
In addition to mandating that insurers in those marketplaces offer the 10 essential health benefits, the health care law also sets certain standards that all insurers must meet, whether they’re providing health insurance through an employer or directly to individuals and small groups. The law:
○ Eliminates lifetime limits on essential medical expenses;
○ Prohibits insurers from dropping your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick—or from denying coverage if you have a preexisting condition;
○ Ensures that your child can stay on your health plan until age 26;
○ Caps annual out-of-pocket medical and drug expenses up to an estimated $6400 for individuals and $12800 for families.
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act visit http://www.healthcare.gov.
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