Health insurance can’t be denied for pre-existing conditions under the Affordable Care Act

When Ron Byzet was laid off as a government contractor for NASA after 33 years on the job, he also lost his health insurance. He wasn’t old enough for Medicare, but he knew he would qualify in a few years and thought he would make it.

Then, in February 2013, […]

Affordable Care Act promises patient protections for young family members

Cardiovascular health begins at an early age, making the need for affordable health care critical for our country’s littlest citizens.  Since the Affordable Care Act became law, patient protections are providing families with help toward their children’s medical needs.  Here are some highlights:

Birth: Nine of every 1,000 babies will […]

Affordable Care Act offers essential health benefits to consumers

In the past, even with health insurance, a serious heart attack or stroke could mean financial disaster.

For example, some types of health plans excluded coverage for basic care, such as prescription drugs or hospital services. Or the plans imposed low annual coverage limits of  $5,000 or $10,000.  Often consumers didn’t realize […]

A consumer’s guide to the new Health Insurance Marketplace

This week marks the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which provides a single location for consumers to check out their health insurance options.

Whether you are uninsured and deciding about health insurance for the first time or already insured and trying to find better, more affordable coverage, the […]

Understanding the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010,  aims to make health care coverage more available, affordable, and adequate for patients with heart disease and stroke.

The law has been rolled out gradually and some provisions have already taken effect. A new phase of the law […]