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In advance of decision, White House touts benefits of health care reform
Posted Jun 27, 2012 by William March
Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 01:14 PM
In advance of the tomorrow’s expected U.S. Supreme Court decision on health care reform, the White House is putting on a full-court press on the benefits of the law to citizens—providing health insurance coverage to the uninsured, closing the “donut hole” in Medicare prescription coverage, limiting insurance company expenses on administrative overhead and letting young people stay on their parents’ health plans.
In a web site, the White House has broken out numbers of people benefitting from the law in each state. Click on the Florida link, and the site tells you:
—256,000 elderly Floridians have received increased benefits after hitting the donut hole, saving $247 million.
—2.5 million people have received preventive services including mammograms and colonoscopies with no co-pay, under the law’s requirement for no co-pays.
—224,000 young people are getting coverage through their parents’ plans.
—1,251,397 Floridians with private insurance will get $124 million in premium rebates—averaging $168 for the 736,000 families—under the law’s provision that companies spend no more than 20 percent of premiums on administrative costs.
—5,918 individuals previously “locked out” of health coverage because of pre-existing conditions now can get coverage.