Payne Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary of Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Affordable Care Act

Jun 27, 2013 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) is marking tomorrow’s 1 Year Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by announcing a new consumer-focused website and a 24-hour-a-day toll free call center that has been launched to make it easier for New Jerseyans to enroll in the new Health Insurance Marketplaces on October 1st.   

The new consumer-focused website and new toll-free call center, 1-800-318-2596, are designed to help Americans who are looking for health coverage prepare for open enrollment and sign up for private health insurance. 

“One year ago, the Supreme Court declared that the Affordable Care Act was the law of the land, ensuring that millions of New Jerseyans have access to the quality, affordable health care that they so desperately need,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.  “With less than 100 days until open enrollment begins on October 1st, I am excited to announce the new website and toll-free call center, which are user-friendly resources designed to provide New Jerseyans the information that they need to enroll in a health care plan and determine the plan that works best for them.”

Already over the last three years, due to the Affordable Care Act, numerous patient protections and consumer cost savings have gone into effect, benefiting millions of New Jerseyans:

·         6.6 million young adults up to age 26 have obtained insurance through their parents’ plans, of whom 3.1 million would be uninsured without this coverage, including 73,000 young adults in New Jersey.

·         6.3 million people with Medicare have saved over $6.1 billion on their prescription drugs, and 169,373 individuals in New Jersey saved over $165.4 million in 2012 alone.

·         34 million people with Medicare have received a free preventive service, including 882,000 New Jersey seniors.

·         71 million privately insured people have gained access to free preventive services, including 2.2 million New Jerseyans.

·         105 million Americans have had lifetime limits removed from their insurance, including 3.27 million New Jerseyans.

·         $1.1 billion in rebates from health insurance companies last summer helped benefit nearly 13 million Americans, including 45,000 New Jerseyans who received a total of $7.7 million in rebates.

Now, on October 1, with the opening of enrollment in these new Health Insurance Marketplaces, Americans who are looking for health coverage will have new access to quality health insurance coverage.  The Marketplaces will provide a choice among numerous private health plans and provide sliding-scale premium tax credits to make the coverage affordable.

“The sliding-scale tax credits available are designed to ensure that families can find a health plan that meets their needs and their budget,” said Rep. Payne, Jr.  “The Affordable Care Act is a significant step forward toward eliminating the health disparities that exist in New Jersey. Finally, New Jerseyans will have the peace of mind knowing that they have access to care for themselves and their families.  I look forward to hosting health care forums in towns across the district to answer questions and ensure that everyone has the information they need to enroll this October.”