Friday, July 19, 2013

NBCSL Applauds the Obama Administration on Making Health Care More Affordable for All

On Thursday, July 18, President Barack Obama delivered remarks at the White House discussing updates in the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and specific ways in which this Act is holding insurance companies accountable. Following the press conference, NBCSL President Joe Armstrong (TN) releases the following statement:

“We applaud the work of President Obama and his Administration on continuing the implementation of ACA. In 2009, 46 million Americans lacked health insurance, with minorities and low income Americans making up a large portion those uninsured. Without full ACA implementation, our nation will be unable to fully realize the benefits of this landmark law.

NBCSL joins the President in stressing the importance of continued collaboration and state support of the ACA. Months before the open enrollment date of October 1, there has been strong evidence in states such as New York, California, Washington, and Oregon that demonstrates that the ACA is doing what it is supposed to do. It is delivering more choices, benefits, and high quality care to our constituents–the ones that need it the most. The act is also putting money back into our pockets, providing rebates, and reducing the costs of health care.

We know we still have a long way to go to extend these important benefits to all Americans. NBCSL appreciates the steps the Administration has taken to expand coverage and provide basic protections for our families. Policies like the ACA will help more people get covered and our members lead the way in advocating full implementation nationwide.”

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