Today, the Obama Administration issued a new report highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the people of Arizona. Thanks to the health care law, the 82% of Arizonans who have insurance have more choices and stronger coverage than ever before. And for the 18% of Arizonans who don’t have insurance, or Arizona families and small businesses who buy their coverage but aren’t happy with it, a new day is just around the corner.The health care law is already providing better options, better value, better health and a stronger Medicare program to the people of Arizona by:
The Health Insurance Marketplace
Beginning Oct 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace will make it easy for to compare qualified health plans, get answers to questions, find out if they are eligible for lower costs for private insurance or health programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and enroll in health coverage.
By the Numbers: Uninsured who are eligible for coverage through the Marketplace.
· (18%) are uninsured and eligible
· 695,083 (73%) have a full-time worker in the family
· 338,111 (36%) are 18-35 years old
· 411,776 (43%) are White
· 50,017 (5%) are African American
· 366,713 (39%) are Latino/Hispanic
· 26,771 (3%) are Asian American or Pacific Islander
· 544,266 (57%) are male
866,371 (91%) of Arizona’s uninsured and eligible population Arizona takes advantage of the new opportunity to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Arizona has received $30,877,097 in grants for research, planning, information technology development, and implementation of its Health Insurance Marketplace.
New coverage options for young adults
Under the health care law, if your plan covers children, you can now add or keep your children on your health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old. Thanks to this provision, over 3 million young people who would otherwise have been uninsured have gained coverage nationwide, including 69,000 young adults in Arizona.
Ending discrimination for pre-existing conditions
As many as 2,794,358 non-elderly have some type of pre-existing health condition, including children. Today, insurers can no longer deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition, like asthma or diabetes, under the health care law. And beginning in 2014, health insurers will no longer be able to charge more or deny coverage to anyone because of a pre-existing condition. The health care law also established a temporary health insurance program for individuals who were denied health insurance coverage because of a pre-existing condition. with pre-existing conditions have gained coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan since the program began.
Providing better value for your premium dollar through the 80/20 Rule
Scrutinizing unreasonable premium increases
In every State and for the first time under Federal law, insurance companies are required to publicly justify their actions if they want to raise rates by 10 percent or more. Arizona has received $3,000,000 under the new law to help fight unreasonable premium increases. Since implementing the law, the fraction of requests for insurance premium increases of 10 percent or more has dropped dramatically, from 75 percent to 14 percent nationally. To date, the rate review program has helped save Americans an estimated $1 billion.
Removing lifetime limits on health benefits
The law bans insurance companies from imposing lifetime dollar limits on health benefits – freeing cancer patients and individuals suffering from other chronic diseases from having to worry about going without treatment because of their lifetime limits. Already, 2,091,000 people in Arizona, including 769,000 women and 570,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on coverage. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.
Covering preventive services with no deductible or co-pay
The health care law requires many insurance plans to provide coverage without cost sharing to enrollees for a variety of preventive health services, such as colonoscopy screening for colon cancer, Pap smears and mammograms for women, well-child visits, and flu shots for all children and adults.
Increasing support for community health centers
The health care law increases the funding available to community health centers nationwide. In Arizona, 17 health centers operate 139 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 408,737 people. Health Center grantees in Arizona have received $67,579,387 under the health care law to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects.
Arizona Arizona to hire 30 additional workers, who will assist 40,731 with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.Investing in the primary care workforce
As a result of historic investments through the health care law and the Recovery Act, the numbers of clinicians in the National Health Service Corps are at all-time highs with nearly 10,000 Corps clinicians providing care to more than 10.4 million people who live in rural, urban, and frontier communities. The National Health Service Corps repays educational loans and provides scholarships to primary care physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, behavioral health providers, and other primary care providers who practice in areas of the country that have too few health care professionals to serve the people who live there. As of September 30, 2012, there were 274 Corps clinicians providing primary care services in Arizona, compared to 103 in 2008.
Preventing illness and promoting health
As of March 2012, Arizona had received $9,400,000 in grants from the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by the health care law. This new fund was created to support effective policies in Arizona, its communities, and nationwide so that all Americans can lead longer, more productive lives.
A Stronger Medicare Program
Making prescription drugs affordable for seniors
In Arizona, people with Medicare saved nearly $123 million on prescription drugs because of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012 alone, 65,267 individuals in Arizona saved over $45 million, or an average of $689 per beneficiary. In 2012, people with Medicare in the “donut hole” received a 50 percent discount on covered brand name drugs and 14 percent discount on generic drugs. And thanks to the health care law, coverage for both brand name and generic drugs will continue to increase over time until the coverage gap is closed. Nationally, over 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved over $7 billion on drugs since the law’s enactment. That’s an average savings of $1,061 per beneficiary. In addition, the average premium for a basic prescription drug plan in 2014 is projected to remain stable for the fourth year in a row, at an estimated $31 per month.Covering preventive services with no deductible or co-pay
With no deductibles or co-pays, cost is no longer a barrier for seniors and people with disabilities who want to stay healthy by detecting and treating health problems early. In 2012 alone, an estimated 34.1 million people benefited from Medicare’s coverage of preventive services with no cost-sharing. In Arizona, 434,397 individuals with traditional Medicare used one or more free preventive service in 2012.
Protecting Medicare’s solvency
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