My Voice: Health Care Law is Working to Improve Lives

Chairman’s Note: Senator Daschle isn’t the only one standing up for health care reform on it’s second anniversary. “Thanks to health reform,” says Senator Tim Johnson,  “5,088 young South Dakotans — and 2.5 million nationwide — are now able to have health insurance through their parents’ plan until they turn 26 years old. Insurance companies also are banned from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions… Last year, 10,923 South Dakota seniors on Medicare saved an average of $616 on their brand-name prescriptions after falling into a gap in coverage called the doughnut hole… More than 96,000 South Dakotans with Medicare also received free preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, or a free annual wellness visit to their doctor. These potentially lifesaving services were out of reach for far too many before health reform.” I couldn’t have said it better. Read more from Senator Tim Johnson in this Argus Leader editorial.

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