To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, MomsRising, a five-year-old advocacy group dedicated to building "a more family friendly America," has produced an interactive map that provides stories from across the country about how health reform has helped or eventually will impact its members.
MomsRising advocates for such issues as paid sick time, removal of toxic substances from children’s products, fair pay for women and increasingly, supports the full roll-out of health reform. The map of personal stories they’ve produced is a powerful way to convey how the health law is spurring positive changes at the grassroots level.
Here are just a few snippets from stories members around the country have submitted:
“The changes in the health care law will allow my son, who is a full time student to be covered under the health insurance policy I have through my empolyer. He was dropped in December when he turned 23. He has been unable to afford individual health insurance…” (PA)
“My 9 year old son has seizures and is able to get his medication and continue to see his specialist because of health care reform. Since his pills and Dr. visits are so expensive – I won't have to worry about him reaching a lifetime maximum for coverage…” (CA)
"Closing the coverage gap for Medicare Part D Prescription coverage will make a huge difference in our lives. My 35-year-old husband has a pre-existing condition, for which he takes expensive prescription drugs. He's covered under Medicare, but we make too much money to qualify for any other assistance. He gets to the coverage gap in April, and we spend the rest of the year paying over $500/month for his medications. It's not easy, and we are very much looking forward to this cost going down." (WI)
"Though I have been in remission for over 10 years insurance companies still believe that covering me is too great of a risk, even for illnesses and accidents that have little or no relationship to my illness. Soon my husband will be eligible for Medicare and I will be without insurance for eight years. With the provision in the Health Care Reform Bill that preexisting conditions are covered I will be able to buy insurance at a reasonable rate.” (MI)
Click on this link to access the rest of these stories or view them by clicking on the interactive map below.
Source: MomsRising 2011