HEALTH CARE BRIEFS ON THE NEW LAW: INSURANCE PROTECTIONS
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? AND FOR OTHERS?
by Frank Samuelson These brief summaries of benefits in the new health care law were prepared by Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) of the Quad Cities, based on research by Faithful Reform in Health Care
which represents many churches and other faith communities (see the
list of members on their website). Faithful Reform seeks to speak the
“whole truth” about health care issues instead of the many half truths
that abound. If you, or someone you know, has had a personal experience
with this or another benefit of the new law, please share it with the
Health Care Reform Forum of PACG (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Insurance Protections. The new Health Care Affordability Act provides protection from insurance companies that reject health coverage because you have a “pre-existing condition”. It also prevents them from canceling your insurance when you get sick, or make an honest mistake on your application form. It prohibits annual or lifetime limits on health care payments.
Don’t let those who are against reform, take these common sense protections away.
Frank Samuelson is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is a member of the Health Care Reform Forum of PACG and has been active in the Anti-racism ministry of the Northern Illinois Synod of the ELCA. Health Care Briefs will appear on Wednesdays on Blog for Iowa.