How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Illinois

 For too long, too many hardworking Americans paid the price for policies that handed free rein to insurance companies and put barriers between patients and their doctors. The Affordable Care Act gives hardworking families in Illinois the security they deserve. The new health care law forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy because of an annual or lifetime limit, or, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.

All Americans will have the security of knowing that they don’t have to worry about losing coverage if they’re laid off or change jobs.  And insurance companies now have to cover your preventive care like mammograms and other cancer screenings.  The new law also makes a significant investment in State and community-based efforts that promote public health, prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies.

Health reform is already making a difference for the people of Illinois by:

Providing new coverage options for young adults
Health plans are now required to allow parents to keep their children under age 26 without job-based coverage on their family coverage, and, thanks to this provision, 3.1 million young people have gained coverage nationwide. As of December 2011, 125,000 young adults in Illinois gained insurance coverage as a result of the health care law. For more details on these numbers, visit here.

Making prescription drugs affordable for seniors
The health care law includes benefits to make Medicare prescription drug coverage more affordable. In 2010, 152,414 people with Medicare in Illinois who hit the prescription drug donut hole received a $250 rebate. In 2011, people with Medicare who hit the donut hole began receiving a 50 percent discount on covered brand-name drugs and a discount on generic drugs. Since the law was enacted, Illinois residents with Medicare have saved a total of $196,379,473 on their prescription drugs. In the first nine months of 2012, 86,527 people with Medicare received a 50 percent discount on their covered brand-name prescription drugs when they hit the donut hole. This discount has resulted in an average savings of $657 per person, and a total savings of $56,838,099 in Illinois in 2012. By 2020, the