WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today marked the one-year anniversary of crucial health care protections that have already benefitted millions of Americans. Established under the Affordable Care Act and known as the Patient’s Bill of Rights, these protections have banned many insurance company abuses, and put consumers, not insurance companies, in control of their health care. This week, the Centers for Disease Control released a survey showing that there were 900,000 fewer uninsured young adults aged 19-25 in the first three months of this year than in 2010. Thanks to the Patient’s Bill of Rights, parents can include adult children under age 26 on their family health insurance policies. Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, played a pivotal role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010.
“These protections have put millions of consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own health care,” said Chairman Harkin. “After one year, Americans are already seeing the benefits of the health care law. Parents no longer have to worry about their adult children graduating college and being pushed off the family health plan. Women do not have to delay mammograms because of the out-of-pocket costs. With each new provision that has come into effect, and the ones that will be implemented in the coming years, Americans are closer to affordable, reliable health coverage for all. As I’ve said for decades, a focus on preventative care will keep people healthy and out of the hospital in the first place, restraining costs and keeping insurance premiums down over the long term.”
The Patient’s Bill of Rights includes provisions that: