Obama Health Care Reform – What it Means to You!

Health Reform puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. Over the past year the House and the Senate have been working on an effort to provide health insurance reform that lowers costs, guarantees choices, and enhances quality health care for all Americans. Building on that year-long effort, the President’s final legislation included the best ideas from both sides of the aisle offered in the course of the debate. Read the text of the Senate bill and the changes passed by the House. Health reform will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and the economy: It makes insurance more affordable by providing the largest middle class tax cut for health care in history, reducing premium costs for tens of millions of families and small business owners who are priced out of coverage today.  This helps 32 million Americans afford health care who do not get it today – and makes coverage more affordable for many more.  Under the plan, 95% of Americans will be insured. It sets up a new competitive health insurance market giving millions of Americans the same choices of insurance that members of Congress will have. It brings greater accountability to health care by laying out commonsense rules of the road to keep premiums down and prevent insurance industry abuses and denial of care. It will end discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions. It puts our budget and economy on a more stable path by reducing the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next ten years – and more than $1 trillion over the second decade – by cutting government overspending and reining in waste, fraud and abuse. Key Provisions in Health Reform: Health reform built off of the legislation that passed the Senate and improves on it by bridging key differences between the House and the Senate and includes several key Republican provisions. One key improvement, for example, is eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of Medicaid.  For America’s seniors, the reform completely closes the Medicare prescription drug “donut hole” coverage gap.  It strengthens the Senate bill’s provisions that make insurance affordable for individuals and families, including protections for out-of-pocket costs, while also strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare and...

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Health Reform puts American families and small business owners in control of their own health care. Over the past year the House and the Senate have been working on an effort to provide health insurance reform that lowers costs, guarantees choices, and enhances quality health care for all Americans. Building on that year-long effort, the President’s final legislation included the best ideas from both sides of the aisle offered in the course of the debate. Read the text of the Senate bill and the changes passed by the House. Health reform will make health care more affordable, make health insurers more accountable, expand health coverage to all Americans, and make the health system sustainable, stabilizing family budgets, the Federal budget, and the...

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Limited

Limited English Proficiency Helpful Links and Background Information February 1, 2010 — Mathematica Research Brief Finds Use of Professionally Trained Interpreters Increases Patient and Provider Satisfaction. July 10, 2009 — Department of Justice Memorandum: Strengthening of Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. February 17, 2009 — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Mandates Collection of Data on Primary Language in Health Information Technology Requirements…mandate will provide first comprehensive understanding of language use in health care. September 2, 2008 — HHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Hawaii Department of Human Services Sign Title VI Voluntary Agreement. New agreement helps ensure Limited English Proficient persons have equal access to health and human services March 2008 — Know Your Rights. New brochure of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency for recipients of services. December 28, 2007 –– Summary of State Law Requirements Addressing Language Needs in Health Care. New review of state law LEP requirements prepared by National Health Law Program. September 14, 2004 — LEP policy defended by Alliance on Fox News Channel August 30, 2004 — ProEnglish files lawsuit seeking to overturn federal LEP policy in health May 2004 — American Journal of Public Health published research shows interpreter services in health care cost average of $279 per LEP person and improves care and prevention. January 6, 2004 — Alliance Calls on DHHS to Mandate Meaningful Access for LEP Persons. November 20, 2003 — Revised Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons. Article in Spanish April 29, 2003 — How to file a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights. Article in Spanish November 12, 2002 — Assistant Attorney General Memorandum on Tools to Ensure Implementation and Understanding of Executive Order 13166 with HOT LINKS to brochures and implementation tools. July 8, 2002 — Assistant Attorney General Memorandum to Heads of Federal Agencies, General Counsels, and Civil Rights Directors concerning Executive Order 13166 (Improving Access to Services for Persons with Limited English Proficiency) June 12, 2002 — DOJ Final LEP Guidance Signed...

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