Boulder City Magazine® May 2010 Issue
by Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader
For many months I shared updates with Boulder City residents as progress was made on health insurance reform legislation. Now that this reform is the law of the land, I’d like to share with you the benefits Nevadans will experience this year.
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|Young adults, including those graduating from college, can stay on their parents’ plan until they are 26 years old, providing them with the health security they need while navigating a difficult post-graduate job market.
Insurers will not be permitted to deny coverage of pre-existing conditions to children covered in their health plans. Plans will cover preventive services without cost-sharing.
Patients with chronic illnesses can focus on doing what’s best for their health rather than fearing that they will hit their lifetime coverage caps or overly-restrictive annual limits. No insurer will be permitted to revoke your coverage because you get sick. And individuals who have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition will find help from a new high-risk pool, closing a gap in Nevada that we have long sought to fill.
Seniors will have access to free preventive services and start to see the elimination of the Medicare Part D ‘donut hole’ for their prescription medication. Seniors who encounter the donut hole this year will receive a $250 rebate. This means that our parents and grandparents won’t have to decide between groceries and medicine and can fill prescriptions rather than going without or cutting pills in half.
Small businesses may be eligible for a tax credit to help defray the cost of insuring their employees starting this year. This will help small businesses cover their employees and individuals cover their families for less. Those Nevadans number almost 600,000 and some of them are in your family, your workplace and your neighborhood.
As our state’s economy continues to recover, these reforms will go a long way to help struggling families afford health care and feel secure in their access to doctors and medication. This reform will repair a system that has been broken for too long and prevent it from bankrupting our country. I am committed to the health and the financial prosperity of Nevada’s families, seniors and middle class.
Contact Harry Reid at http://reid.senate.gov/
P.O. Box 61901
Boulder City, Nevada 89006
Phone (702) 294-1392 Fax (702) 294-1392
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