Friday, March 26, 2010

Health Care Reform Will Help Wisconsin!

With the Congressional passage of health reform last night, here are just a few examples of what this means for Wisconsin:

  • Improve coverage for 3,798,000 residents with health insurance.
  • Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 1,369,000 families and 123,900 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 877,000 beneficiaries, including closing the "donut hole."
  • Extend coverage to 172,000 uninsured residents.
  • Guarantee that 63,200 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 10,300 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  •  Allow 455,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans, complimenting existing Wisconsin law.
  •  Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 87 community health centers.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $433 million annually. 
  •                                                            Although this is a bad day for the special interests and the status quo, it is a great day for our nation and a great day for the health of Wisconsin's working families.