As Senate Bill 106, the Senate bill which will require our state to join the lawsuit that some states have filed against the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, comes before our Legislature, I would like to share how the new laws in this bill have already affected my family and friends:
My daughter, whose employer doesn't provide health insurance, has been able to get health insurance from the expanded "high-risk" insurance pool from Montana Comprehensive Health Association due to the funds provided by the ACA.
My elderly friends are saving half the cost of their brand-name drugs when they have reached the "doughnut hole." Many times the savings are hundreds of dollars per month because of the ACA.
Because of the ACA, my entire family will no longer face the possibility of losing our health insurance just when we need it most because we have used up our "lifetime limits."
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I have heard some people complain that this will require all people to have health insurance or face a penalty charge. Our state requires all drivers to bear the cost to be licensed and insured to drive on our roads or face a ticket for noncompliance. We are asking the drivers of our state to be responsible to protect themselves and others in case of an accident.
Why would the residents of our state want our citizens to be any less responsible for protecting their individual health finances and protecting our community from the expenses we currently face for those in our community that require medical treatment they can't afford?