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RELEASE: 100 Events in 36 States: Lawmakers and Advocates Stand Up For Health Care Provisions Taking Effect Today
Charles Monaco on September 23, 2010 - 10:01am
100 Events in 36 States: Lawmakers and Advocates Stand Up For Health Care Provisions Taking Effect Today
Events highlight personal stories of families helped by reforms starting today, warn against repeal of provisions protecting consumers
New York, NY – Lawmakers and advocates in 36 states are marking the six-month anniversary of the federal health care law today with a nationwide series of over 100 educational forums, community meetings, news conferences, and health fairs -- standing up in support of the key provisions of the law set to take effect today, and warning about the dangers of repealing health care reform.
State legislators, in collaboration with Progressive States Network and the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform, are participating in the events alongside community groups, local advocates, and families who will be immediately affected by the reforms.
See http://progressivestates.org/statefedhealth/events for the most comprehensive state-by-state list of events around the country.
"So many families will benefit from these new reforms, and it is more critical than ever that we hear their stories," said Iowa State Sen. Jack Hatch, Chair of the Working Group of State Legislators for Health Reform. "Whether it's a mother who now won't have to worry about finding coverage for her child with a pre-existing condition, a recently diagnosed cancer patient who won't have to worry about an arbitrary lifetime cap on benefits, or a young adult having trouble finding a job who can now enroll on his or her parents' plan -- these are all people who will be directly affected by the reforms signed into law in March and taking effect today."
As right-wing cries of repeal continue to saturate the national debate around health care, this nationwide series of events underscores the broad public support for these popular provisions of the new law.
"The right wing has been clear: they want to repeal the health care law, which would mean consumers continuing to be kicked off their plans just for getting sick, children continuing to be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and small businesses losing tax relief for covering their employees," Nathan Newman, Executive Director of Progressive States Network. "What you are seeing this week is leaders in the states loudly saying that we can't afford to go back to the days when insurance companies abused consumers with impunity. The vast majority of state lawmakers know we have to work to effectively implement and improve the new law, not repeal it."
Some of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act taking effect today include the extension of coverage to young adults up to the age of 26, a ban on insurers dropping patients after they get sick, an end to lifetime caps on coverage, and the provision of free preventative care under all new plans.
Last year, a group of over 1,000 state legislators from all 50 states signed a letter to President Obama and Congress in support of comprehensive health care reform. For the six months since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, those legislators, including many participating in this week's events, have continued to organize in support of its effective implementation at the state level.
Meanwhile, six months after passage, conservatives have broadly failed in their efforts to reject it through state legislation. As documented by Progressive States Network, 28 states have now rejected right-wing legislative attempts to reject the health care law at the state level, and almost every one of the 50 states, including many opposing the federal health care law in court, is taking tangible steps to effectively implement the health care law.
For more information, including a full list of events, visit http://progressivestates.org/statefedhealth
Progressive States Network is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the passage of state legislation that delivers on issues the issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.