White House staffer opines Obamacare is good for young people

world | Mar 21, 2012 | By Martin Barillas

Megan Slack White House

Megan Slack, a young staffer at the Obama White House, wrote on her blog the Affordable Care Act - which some call Obamacare - has improved heatlh care for young adults, besides allowing parents to keep their children on health insurance plans until the age of 26.

A graduate of American University, and a former editor of that institution's student newspaper, Slack works in the White House Office of Digital Strategy which transmits message from the White House to subscribers. According to the White House, Slack is the Associate Director of Digital Content in the Office of Digital Strategy, having worked in online communications at the liberal Center for American Progress." She also worked in The Huffington Post's Washington office and served as deputy finance director and scheduler on a congressional race in Houston, Texas during the 2008 election cycle," said the White House website.

Here follows her blog on the Obama administration health care initiative, which is due to be examined by the Supreme Court next week. Also, protesters from around the country will descend on Washington DC on Friday March 23 to express their opposition to provisions of the health care reform package that they feel are in violation of religious liberties:

Under the Affordable Care Act, parents can now add or keep their children on their health insurance plans until they turn 26 years old. Since that part of President Obama’s health reform law went into effect in September 2010, more that 2.5 million young adults have gained coverage.

Before the passage of health reform, young adults were typically dropped from their parents’ coverage when they turned 18 or graduated from college, and often faced barriers to accessing and maintaining affordable health insurance. Nearly 76 percent of uninsured young adults avoided getting the care they needed because they couldn’t afford it.

In addition to helping them gain or keep insurance coverage through their parents’ plans, the Affordable Care Act is improving health care for many young adults in other ways. For example, insurance companies must now cover preventive services, like vaccinations and cancer screenings, at no additional cost. Insurance companies are banned from imposing a limit on the amount of care they’ll cover over a person’s life time, and are now required to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on care—not overhead.

Young adults that have been unable to purchase or obtain insurance because of a pre-existing condition can now get the coverage then they need through the new Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, insurance companies will be banned from limiting the amount of care they’ll cover in a year and no longer be able to deny coverage to anyone based on a pre-existing condition. And everyone, including young adults, will have new options for purchasing individual coverage that’s not tied to employment or student status.

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