“How ObamaCares for Georgians”

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Patsy Harris

Patsy Harris

By Patsy Harrison, Columnist

Just look at the numbers to see how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has already helped many thousands of us Georgians over the last three years.

• Number of young adult Georgians who can now stay on their parents’ health insurance policies until they turn 26: 123,000

• Number of Georgia’s children who, today, can no longer be denied coverage because of their pre-existing conditions, like asthma or diabetes: 613,253

• Number of non-elderly Georgians who, beginning in 2014, can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions: 4,323,897

• Number of Georgians, such as those suffering from cancer and chronic diseases, who are already free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage: 3,317,000

• Number of Georgians, who, in 2011 and 2012 had private health insurance, gained preventive service coverage, such as colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, Pap smears and mammograms for women, well-child visits, and flu shots for all children and adults, with no co-pay: 2,202,000

• Number of Georgia’s women who now have guaranteed access to additional preventive services in their current policies without co-pay: 1,481,000.

• Number of Georgians who receive primary and preventive health care at the state’s health care centers, which received $71,147,340 under the ACA to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects: 317,299

• Number of Georgians expected to be assisted by 62 additional health care center workers hired with $3,378,206 in federal grants to help enroll uninsured Georgians in the Health Insurance Marketplace: 100,268

• Number of Georgians who have the opportunity to live longer and be more productive due to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund’s granting to Georgia $18,200,000 to support effective state policies: nearly 10,000,000

This same information plus so much more can be found online at: http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/. Click on “State by State.”

The Morgan County Democratic Committee will host an “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Madison. ACA Navigator Harold Weber, a retired Athens insurance salesman of many decades, will speak and answer questions. All are invited. Place to be announced.   Patsy Harris is a member of the Morgan County Democratic Committee.

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