Health Care Reform
I know how important quality, affordable health care is to every family in western Wisconsin. That's why I worked to make sure that the health reform bill improves health care quality, saves money, and puts you in charge of your health care.
Health care reform means:
This year, insurance companies can no longer drop your coverage when you get sick and need it the most.
This year, co-pays and deductibles are eliminated for preventative care in private care, lowering your out of pocket costs.
This year, young Americans will be able to stay covered under their family's plan until the age of 26.
This year, over 4 million small businesses, including over 17,000 in western Wisconsin, are eligible for tax credits that help offset the cost of providing coverage to employees and their families.
This year, health insurance companies are prohibited from placing lifetime limits on coverage. Annual limits are restricted this year
Senior citizens will save on prescription drugs as the unfair "donut hole" coverage gap in Medicare Part D is closed for good.
New health insurance "pools" will be created to help 182,000 households and 15,700 small businesses and family farmers throughout western Wisconsin purchase the affordable health plan of their choice.
We will reduce our federal deficit by $143 billion over the next 10 years and $1.2 trillion by 2030.
Senior citizens will receive better chronic care, not have to pay a fee for preventive care, and will get more time with the doctor of their choice.
Medicare will be protected for seniors today and for the rest of us in the future.
Eliminating fraud and waste in the health care system.
Improves health care quality and efficiency.
Putting Health Care Decisions Back in Your Hands
I know how important quality, affordable health care is to every family in western Wisconsin. That's why I worked to make sure that the health reform bill improves health care quality, saves money, and puts you - not insurance companies - back in charge of your health care.
This bill is an important step in the right direction. It provides security and stability for families who like their health insurance, offers choices for those who don't, and institutes real health care consumer protections -- such as preventing insurance companies from denying you care based on "pre-existing" conditions.
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