Today is the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so it seems appropriate that we step back and take stock of the law and its impact thus far. 

Medicare participants have annual checkups and mammograms covered at no cost to them.           

Children are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions.

Insurance companies can no longer impose lifetime limits on coverage.

Young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans as dependents until age 26.

The prescription drug coverage gap, the infamous Medicare “Donut Hole,” is gradually being phased out.

Already to millions of Americans, this historic law has made a difference to their health and in their lives.  Now is the time to stop, celebrate and take note of the advances that have already taken place and those yet to come in the next few years.

We know that there are challenges ahead and must plan accordingly.  On Monday March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing three days of oral arguments on various legal challenges to the ACA. In addition, there are congressional attempts to destructively amend the ACA and others to defund the law. For now, it is important to focus on the facts, and how the ACA has already helped the lives of so many Americans.

To learn more about the ACA and what it has done, see www.healthcareandyou.org or http://www.healthcare.gov/mycare.