Affordable Health Care is Around the Corner for Hundreds of Thousands of Ohioans


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

“The re-election of President Barack Obama makes the future of the Affordable Care Act clear. Already millions of Ohioans are benefitting from the law and affordable health care is around the corner for hundreds of thousands more Ohioans when the law is fully implemented in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and that is good news for young adults, seniors, people with cancer and other health problems, and small businesses. The law makes coverage more secure by ensuring that Ohioans cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or lose their coverage when they get sick. Increased access to preventive care with no co-pays or deductibles will lower health costs in the long-term by detecting health conditions early. That is the peace of mind that Ohioans need.

The end of the election clears the way for implementation of the law at the state and federal levels including expanding Medicaid eligibility and establishing an insurance marketplace where Ohioans can buy coverage using tax credits that make insurance more affordable.

Ohio’s lawmakers and Insurance Director Mary Taylor must begin immediately planning how Ohio will implement the law so it works for consumers and small businesses. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. 2014 will be here before we know it.”

This statement can be attributed to Col Owens and Cathy Levine, Co-Chairs of Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage on the election results.

Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage is a nonpartisan coalition uniting the diverse consumer voice with the goal of achieving affordable, high quality health care for all. Our membership includes AFSCME Council 8 AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans in Ohio, American Cancer Society East Central Division, Contact Center, Faith Community Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio, National Alliance for Mental Illness of Ohio, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Ohio Chapters, Ohio Asian American Health Coalition, The Ohio Association of Centers for Independent Living, Ohio Council of Churches, Ohio Federation of Teachers, Progress Ohio, Service Employees International Union District 1199, Toledo Area Jobs with Justice and Interfaith Worker Justice Coalition, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1059, UHCAN Ohio, and We Are The Uninsured.