PAC News Flash 03-24-10

March 24, 2010

 Passage of Landmark National Health Care Reform

 Sunday night, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass landmark national health care reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) and the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872).  The United States Senate is expected to act on H.R. 4872 this week.  HR 3590 was signed into law yesterday.

 CSEA supported both of these historic health care reform bills.  Highlights of the bills include:

  • Prohibits insurance companies from denying health care based on pre-existing conditions.
  • Bans insurance companies from dropping coverage when you get sick and need health care the most.
  • Prohibits insurance companies from imposing annual and lifetime limits on coverage.
  • Caps out of pocket costs.
  • Requires any insurance plan that provides dependant coverage to cover the dependant up to age 26.
  • Reduces costs to early retirees with a new temporary reinsurance program for early retirees from the ages of 55-64.
  • Closes the Medicare donut hole by the end of the decade and offers some rebates on prescription drugs now for those who face the gap.
  • Allows states to cover childless adults in Medicaid.
  • Ends gender discrimination in setting insurance rates.
  • Establishes a procedure to review insurance premium increases and allows action to be taken against unreasonable rate hikes.

All Democratic Members of the House of Representatives from California voted in favor of these bills.  Please take a moment to send them a thank you letter.  Please follow the link below to identify your member of Congress.  Remember only the Democratic Congressional Members voted to support these important bills.

http://members.csea.com/memberHome/Issues/PoliticalAction/CapitolConnection/tabid/392/Default.aspx

Sample Letter of Support

 Dear _______________

         I am your constituent, a classified school employee and a member of the California School Employees Association.  I am writing this letter to thank you for voting in favor of the national health care reform bills, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) and the Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872).  These important bills will greatly improve access to quality and affordable health care in this country for Americas working families.

       There are many provisions in these historic bills that will provide much needed and long overdue patient protections and will finally provide health insurance to so many uninsured people in California and our nation.  I strongly support many critical provisions in these bills including:

  • Prohibiting insurance companies from denying health care based on pre-existing conditions.
  • Banning insurance companies from dropping coverage when you get sick and need health care the most.
  • Prohibiting insurance companies from imposing annual and lifetime limits on coverage.
  • Capping out of pocket costs.
  • Requiring any insurance plan that provides dependant coverage to cover the dependant up to age 26.
  • Reducing costs to early retirees with a new temporary reinsurance program for early retirees from the ages of 55-64.
  • Closing the Medicare donut hole by the end of the decade and offers some rebates on prescription drugs now for those who face the gap.
  • Allowing states to cover childless adults in Medicaid.
  • Ending gender discrimination in setting insurance rates.
  • Establishing a procedure to review insurance premium increases and allows action to be taken against unreasonable rate hikes.

     Your vote on these important health care reform bills was greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your courage and for standing up for the working people of California and this great nation.

 Sincerely,

 Your Name

For additional information
Contact
: Barbara V.Z. Howard, Director, Governmental Relations; Dave Low, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations; Jai Sookprasert, Legislative Advocate; Dolores Duran-Flores, Legislative Advocate; Steve Henderson, Legislative Advocate; Joshua Golka, Legislative Advocate, 1127 11th Street, Ste. 346, Sacramento, CA  95814.

 Distribution: Board of Directors; Alternate Area Directors; Chapter Presidents; Chapter Political Action Chairpersons; Chapter Public Relations Officers, Regional Representatives; Assistant Regional Representatives; Chairpersons and Members, Standing Committees; Political Action Coordinators; Retiree Political Action Coordinators; Regional Public Relations Officers; Retiree Unit Executive Board; All Staff.

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