Senator Tom Harkin
The deadline for enrolling in quality, affordable health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is today, March 31, 2014!
More than six million Americans have enrolled in quality, affordable health coverage through the federal and state Marketplaces created under the ACA. In order to take advantage of these benefits, Iowans must enroll by March 31, 2014. They can do so by visiting Healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.
“These enrollment numbers show us that the promise of the Affordable Care Act—expanding quality, comprehensive coverage to millions of Americans, many of whom previously had no access to health insurance—is becoming a reality,” Harkin said. “In addition to the six million Americans who have gained access through the federal and state Marketplaces, millions of Americans have also gained health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid, and more than three million young adults have gained coverage by staying on their parents’ plans.
Iowans seeking health insurance coverage for 2014 can review their options available through our state’s Marketplace—and sign up—by visiting Healthcare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596.”
Listen to a public service announcement Harkin recorded to help spread the word in Iowa about enrolling for health coverage through the ACA by clicking here.
To learn more about the benefits of the ACA, please visit Senator Harkin’s website at http://harkin.senate.gov/, or follow him on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/tomharkin or Twitter https://twitter.com/SenatorHarkin.
“Families in Iowa and across the country are seeing the benefits of the health reform law. For the first time, virtually all Americans are guaranteed strong consumer protections and access to health coverage, regardless of a preexisting condition. In addition, because of the ACA, covered individuals receive preventive care, including vital services for women, without co-pays or deductibles, as well as coverage of essential health benefits like hospitalization, prescription drugs, and mental health services. Above all, the Affordable Care Act is about the promise of the health and financial security that insurance coverage brings.
Harkin, as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, played a pivotal role in the passage of the ACA. He authored the prevention and wellness measures that are part of the law—including the provision that requires health insurance companies to cover recommended preventive screenings with no copays or deductibles—and created the Public Health and Prevention Fund (PHPF). These initiatives help rein in costs across the full health care spectrum and create incentives to prevent chronic disease. Harkin also serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS), which allocates funding for implementation of the health reform law. Link