The Affordable Care Act Working for You

May 31, 2013
Pelosi Update

The Affordable Care Act Working for You
Last week, millions of families learned that California will deliver on a central promise of the Affordable Care Act: access to quality, affordable health care coverage for all. Due to the extraordinary leadership of Covered California, our state will offer more than a dozen comprehensive health plans without the fear of higher premiums.

Starting in October, insurance companies will compete in the open marketplace, giving Californians who lack health insurance a chance to enroll in a plan that best suits their needs and their pocketbook. Under health reform, insurers can no longer consider pre-existing conditions or health histories to set the price of coverage. Many people who purchase a plan in the exchange will also receive a tax credit to help reduce their premiums.

Thanks to the cooperation and commitment of California’s medical community, our health insurance marketplace will expand competitiveness, improve health care, protect the economic security of the middle class, and transform millions of lives. I am proud to see that California is leading the way in establishing the bright and healthy future that the Affordable Care Act is meant to ensure.
 

Congresswoman Pelosi tours Heath Ceramics with co-owner Robin Petravic in the Mission to highlight the House Democrats’ “Make It In America” agenda for SFMade Week and San Francisco Small Business Week.

Congresswoman Pelosi tours Heath Ceramics with co-owner Robin Petravic in the Mission to highlight the House Democrats’ “Make It In America” agenda for SFMade Week and San Francisco Small Business Week.

Keeping College Affordable
There is no greater way to safeguard the future of our country than to invest in the education of our children. Yet if Congress fails to act by July 1st, interest rates on student loans will double, putting a college education well out of reach for millions of American students. With hardworking families already carrying $1 trillion in student loan debt, we must do more to ease – not exacerbate – that burden.

House Democrats are eager to help middle class families keep college more affordable. But Republicans have acted to do the opposite, voting for the ‘Make College More Expensive Act’ to saddle hard-working students and families with higher interest payments for their loans. When a majority of new jobs in the next decade will require a college degree, it is an economic necessity that obtaining a higher education remains an opportunity for every student, not a perk of the privileged few.

House Republicans should come back to the table and work with Democrats to prevent interest rates from doubling now. We must reaffirm our commitment to the success of America’s students, families, and future by making college affordable for all.

Casework Corner
A constituent who was turning 65 years old was notified by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that they would deduct the cost of Medicare Part B from her benefits. Because of her low income and eligibility for Medi-Cal, it was her understanding that the SSA would reimburse her for Medicare premiums paid.

My staff contacted the SSA and were able to ensure that my constituent’s records were correctly updated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). She will be reimbursed for premiums paid, and next month her benefits will return to normal.

If you have a problem with a federal agency or obtaining your federal benefits, you can learn more about how my office can be of assistance to you at my website or by calling my office at 415.556.4862.

Please feel free to forward this information to your family and friends. To learn more about these efforts, to express your views, or to sign up for email updates, please visit my website. I am also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NancyPelosi.

Please feel free to forward this information to your family and friends. To learn more about these efforts, to express your views, or to sign up for email updates, please visit my website. I am also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/NancyPelosi.

 


Sincerely,
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Member of Congress