The Affordable Care Act (Related to Health Insurance)

Different Ballgame
Different Ballgame Member Posts: 868
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Today a friend sent me an e-mail regarding the The Affordable Care Act. I cut and pasted what I thought you would find informative and beneficial.

The Affordable Care Act, signed into law earlier this year, makes breast cancer screening and coverage for treatment available and accessible by requiring health plans to cover preventive services and eliminate cost-sharing and by making health coverage more affordable and accessible for women.

If you or your family enrolled in a new health plan on or after September 23, 2010, that plan will be required to cover recommended preventive services without charging you a copayment or deductible. This includes annual screening mammograms for women starting at age 40. The Affordable Care Act will also help ensure that people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer get the quality, affordable health care they deserve. Unfortunately, women with breast cancer are often forced to make decisions based on their finances instead of what is best for their health. For example, those with cancer are more likely to reach lifetime insurance policy benefit limits than individuals without cancer, leaving them vulnerable when they need coverage the most.

Starting this year, the Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential benefits, which will help women with breast cancer continue to get the care they need. Beginning in 2014, insurance companies will no longer be able to deny women coverage because of a pre-existing condition like breast cancer. And, in the individual and small group markets, the law eliminates the ability of insurance companies to charge higher rates due to gender or health status. At the same time, an estimated 32 million Americans will obtain health insurance, and many women with breast cancer who have trouble affording health insurance coverage will qualify for tax credits that will reduce their health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.

Through all these important initiatives to promote health and prevent disease, and through ongoing research, we will be able to save more lives and improve the quality of life for all Americans with breast cancer.



  • carkris
    carkris Member Posts: 4,553 Member
    thanks janelle !

    thanks janelle !
  • cookie97
    cookie97 Member Posts: 200
    carkris said:

    thanks janelle !

    thanks janelle !

    That's certainly wonderful news...
    I was wondering when some of these new laws were going to take affect. I was just diagnosed as of May this year with IBC with mets to bone, so I will be in treatment for the rest of my life. Guess if I had to get breast cancer this is as good a time as any. :)
    Thanks for sharing.

    Peace and Love,
  • RozHopkins
    RozHopkins Member Posts: 578 Member
    Thanks VERY much for info.

    Thanks VERY much for info.  This will help some ladies no end.  You relayed a complicated area very clearly.  Hoping this is not reversed in the future or changed except for the better.

  • cati0314
    cati0314 Member Posts: 203
    Healthcare act

    I live in Florida where there is no medicare for people like me.  I am out of work, have panic attacks and am a breast cancer survivor.  My health insurance has recently gone from $464 a month to $744 due to an annual increase and my moving to a different county within the state.  I have to make almost $12,000 annually to be eligible for credit on new health insurance through the marketplace. Since I don't work I am not eligible.  Don't know where to go from here!