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.