How the Affordable Care Act will affect Pennsylvanians

Pennsylvania has more people with pre-existing conditions signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

That’s good news for Pennsylvania, but how does it affect you?

Joanne Corte Grossi explained it Monday night at the monthly Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting in Castor Gardens. In her alotted 10 minutes, she ran down eight impact items she wants Pennsylvanians to be aware of about how the federal health care reform will affect the Commonwealth.

You can find two explained in detail in the video below.

The others are as follows:

  • Health coverage will become more affordable for the middle class.
  • Small businesses can use a tax credit to help provide coverage for their employees.
  • Adults up to age 26 can receive coverage under their parents’ insurance plan.
  • Under Medicare, people can receive free preventative services like mammograms and colonoscopies.
  • The Medicare Part D “donut hole” will be filled, allowing a discount on prescription drugs.
  • Medicaid will expand to cover more people living at or below the poverty level — those making between $14,000 and $30,000 annually.

More information on the benefits available to Pennsylvanians can be found on the White House’s health care site, and more details on health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is available here.

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