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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

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Healthcare Reform Working for Marylanders

Mar 22, 2013

It’s hard to believe that tomorrow marks the third anniversary of the landmark Affordable Care Act, which is already benefitting thousands of Marylanders and reducing healthcare costs for Americans. I supported this law three years ago and I support it today.  

Nationwide, this law is already preventing insurance companies from dropping you if you get sick, banning lifetime coverage limits and ending discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. Maryland has received $157.5 million in grants to establish a marketplace of private companies where individuals, families and small businesses can shop for insurance plans at lower rates, reducing costs for everyone. In addition:
  • 46,000 young adults in Maryland now have insurance thanks to a provision in the law allowing parents to keep their children under age 26 and without job-based coverage on their family plan.
  • 49,000 seniors in Maryland saved an average of $768 on prescription drugs by efforts to close the Medicare “donut hole” in 2012 alone.
  • 1.5 million Marylanders with private insurance gained free preventive service coverage for things like screening for colon cancer, Pap smears and mammograms. In Maryland, 543,600 seniors with 141,000 Marylanders with private insurance will receive a rebate averaging $340 thanks to a measure requiring insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on healthcare quality instead of overhead, executive salaries and marketing.
As the benefits of this legislation continue to unfold, I will continue to support improvements that will further expand access to affordable healthcare coverage, helping to reduce costs for all.