HEALTH CARE

 

The League of Women Voters of Florida supports the promotion of a health care system that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all Florida residents and controls health care costs.

Background

The League has long advocated for health care reform and has found it in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which was signed into federal law by President Barack Obama on March 30, 2010. Now it is up to each of the 50 states to implement the health reform law according to the prescribed timeline.

Statement in Response to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on June 28, 2012

aca-press-conferenceThe below remarks were read by LWVF Executive Director Jessica Lowe-Minor at a press conference held in Tallahassee, Florida on June 29, 2012, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Yesterday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Florida v. HHS upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was surprising, but deeply important. This decision protects the health of millions of Americans.

The Court recognized health care reform for what it is: a legislative response to complex issues threatening the health and well-being of Americans that was best resolved by the elected branch of government – the Congress. The Court upheld this historic, transformative act of Congress.

Upholding the ACA brings our nation closer to the goals of this law: to provide universal health care for all Americans. There are still threats to these critical reforms and the League will continue its work fighting for progress on many fronts.

Now that the law has been upheld, children will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26, Medicare participants will have annual check-ups and mammograms, and many uninsured Americans will now have health care coverage.

Leagues throughout Florida will continue to educate communities and citizens on the ACA and its pivotal impact on their lives. To date, we have held over 40 educational forums on the Affordable Care Act, and we look forward to working with health care providers, policy experts and others to help Floridians learn about the law, and the impact that it will have on them and their families.

We expressed great hope when the ACA passed Congress in 2010 after decades of struggling with a broken health care system. Today, we look to a brighter future, a tomorrow that includes health care coverage for all Americans.

Useful Resources

For more information about PPACA, check out our PowerPoint presentation Health Care Reform: What Does It Mean For You And Your Family? and corresponding handout. If you are a member of our Speakers Bureau and would like original files, please contact us.

To watch League member Suzanne Dickie present on the Affordable Care Act, please click here.  Then, view the succeeding Q&A session here.

Also check out “LWV Advocacy Bring Results: The Health Care Reform Law” by League member Nancy Rudner Lugo, DrPH and the League of Women Voters of Arizona’s booklet “Health Care Issues Behind Health Care Reform.”

Useful Links

“After the Ruling: A Consumer’s Guide” by Kaiser Health News

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