Happy 2nd Anniversary to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!

Thanks to the ACA, kids with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and asthma can no longer be denied the care they need. In fact, children all over Connecticut are already getting preventive care like immunizations without out-of-pocket costs, which helps them avoid illness and helps the state avoid unnecessary health care costs later on.

Many of our college-goers are also better off now that they can stay on their parents’ policy until age 26. If your child is still occupying their old room and has fallen victim to the poor job market post-grad, this provision is either a relief or one more reason they have yet to move out.

If federal and state leaders continue to make the right choices, kids will see even more wins in a few years. They’ll be protected against lifetime caps on coverage or benefits, so if a child beats leukemia at age eight, she will still be able to get the care she needs if it relapses at twenty. Plus, her parents will have better choices for affordable, quality care. See, parents win, too.

Millions of children will get the care they need through the ACA. So, yes, let’s debate the pros and cons. But let’s also challenge those who oppose the law to offer alternatives that ensure kids really get the care they need. Thanks to First Focus for helping us all get the word out.

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