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Tonko to visit V'ville library, discuss healthcare changes

Rep. Paul Tonko will be visiting the Voorheesville Public Library on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m., to discuss health insurance changes occurring under the Affordable Care Act, such as the new Health Insurance Marketplace opening this fall.

From the congressman's office press release:

The topics that Congressman Tonko will be ready to address include the choices the new system has to offer, consumer rights and protections, and the impact the Affordable Care Act could have on business owners, families, people who can’t afford health insurance, persons on Medicaid and seniors on Medicare. Congressman Tonko, who represents the 20th District of New York, will also discuss navigating the system and how to get assistance when you need it.

How will the Affordable Care Act affect you? Come to the library’s Community Room and ask the Congressman.


Star_Duster_NY 2 years, 4 months ago

I'm so glad our country is moving forward into the new millenium with the ACA. Hope he mentions all these points.

Nine great reasons we will benefit from the ACA follow: Insurance companies can never deny coverage to individuals/family members with pre-existing health conditions. Children can remain covered on their parents' plans through age 26. Removes lifetime limits on your available benefits. Your out-of-pocket healthcare expenses are capped. Benefits Medicare recipients by closing the "donut hole" (Part D) for Medicare prescriptions.  Seniors now pay only 25% of drug costs up to $4,550 and only 5% of drug costs above that amount. Individuals making less than $43,320 and families making less than $88,200 per year qualify for assistance to purchase insurance. Small businesses are exempt; businesses with more than 50 employees qualify for tax credit for offering insurance. Creates consumer assistance offices to help consumers file complaints or appeal decisions from insurance companies. Insurance companies can no longer make excessive rate hikes, and those doing so may be barred from participating in new health insurance exchanges.

Now we need the single payer option! Keep improving the ACA...it will go down in history as another great program, like SS and Medicare. Thanks, Progressives


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