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League backs ACA

Published July 14, 2012 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Supreme Court has recognized the Affordable Care Act for what it is: a response to complex threats to the health and well-being of Americans best resolved by an elected branch of government — the Congress.

ACA's full name is often lost in sound bites: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It adds patient protections to the current quagmire of health insurance, bringing us closer to our goal of health care for all Americans:

• Under ACA, children cannot be denied insurance coverage because of preexisting conditions. In 2014, that protection will be extended to thousands of Utah adults.

• Children up to age 26 can be covered by their parents' plans, protecting them during a precarious financial period.

• Policyholders are protected from being dropped when they get sick.

• Next month, insurers must cover certain preventive services, protecting our health and reducing future high costs of undiscovered, untreated illness.

• In 2014, all patients gain protection from higher deductibles based solely on gender.

Because of these vital benefits, the League of Women Voters supports ACA and aims to inform Utahns about its pivotal impact on their lives.

Marilyn A. O'Dell Co-president League of Women Voters of Utah

Ogden