Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Washington White Board - Affordable Care Act

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is a valuable piece of health care reform enacted by Congress just over a year ago. As Rep. Marko Liias explains in this week’s Washington White Board, the PPACA has many benefits for Washingtonians and would help many state residents receive the quality health care they require.
  •  For instance, 26,000 students who reside in Washington state are able to stay on their parents’ insurance until they reach age 26.
  • Did you know that approximately 90% of businesses in Washington are small businesses? Small business owners are now able to extend health care coverage to thousands of employees due to a tax cut received under the PPACA.
  • Many seniors experience great difficulty covering the cost of their life-saving prescription medications as a result of the Medicare Part D donut hole. With the PPACA, 63,000 seniors across Washington state are able to receive those medications they need to survive.
Unfortunately, these benefits have not stopped the PPACA from being the center of controversy and the subject of legal action. On January 12, Rep. Liias joined 417 others on a legal brief defending the constitutionality of the PPACA.
To learn more about the PPACA from Rep. Liias, watch his latest Washington White Board below.

To read this story in Spanish, click here.