Happy second birthday ACA!

Posted March, 19 2012 by arianne

This week marks the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care reform, and the gifts just keep on giving!

Seniors have a lot to celebrate:

  •  59% of New Yorkers with Medicare Part B received preventive services without co-payments or deductibles by August 2011. (3 million New Yorkers are eligible for this benefit.)
  • Medicare Advantage premiums are projected to be 4% lower in 2012 than in 2011.
  • Nationally, 103,000 seniors and people with disabilities saved $93 million in prescription drug coverage in just the first two months of 2012. On average, Medicare beneficiaries have saved $635 on prescription drugs.

HCFANY is kicking off a week of celebrating how far the ACA has already taken us down the road to quality, affordable health care for all.

We’re continuing to push our Legislature and Governor to enact Exchange establishment legislation in the budget this month and move us farther down the road.

Here’s a list of birthday events you can join to celebrate with us:

Tuesday, March 20

Roundtable: The Supreme Court Takes Up the Affordable Care Act
10 a.m.
New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage
MS Society, NYC Chapter, 733 3rd Ave. (at 46th St.) in Manhattan
Call 646-442-4147for more info.

Panel Discussion: The Affordable Care Act and Small Business
12:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Business Trade Show
Stage 6 @ Steiner Studios, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 15 Washington Ave., in Brooklyn
Free admission with pre-registration, $10 at the door
More info at www.brooklyntradeshow.com

Wednesday, March 21

Long Island ACA Birthday Celebration
11:00 AM
Nassau Community College
Contact Denisse Sandoval denisse@lipc.org, 516- 541-1006

ACA Birthday Caravan: Binghamton & Cortland
1:30 PM –   Press event at Binghamton State Office Bldg
2:30 PM –   Caravan leaves for Cortland
4:00PM   –  ACA Birthday event in Cortland (location TBA: either Hanna’s or Seward’s Office)
Contact Mary Clark cabing@citizenactionny.org   607-723-0110

Health Care on the Air: Women’s Health and Health Care Reform
7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Mark Hannay (Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign)
Broadcast in Manhattan over Ch. 56 (Time-Warner), Ch. 83 (RCN), and Ch. 34 (FiOS); streamed live at www.mnn.org; available online post-broadcast at www.metroheatlhcare.org. Call 212-925-1829 for more info.

Thursday, March 22

Symposium: Charting the Life Course for Women: Our Choices Through Health Care Reform
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Keynote speaker, Yvonne Graham, MD (NYD Dept. of Health)
Schulman and Schachne Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation; 555 Rockaway Parkway, in Brooklyn
Call 718-240-9033 x30 or 212-870-2010 for more info.

Buffalo ACA Birthday Celebration
5:30 PM
SEIU/1199  Conference Room
2421 Main St
Buffalo NY
Contact Natalie Luczkowiak  nluczkowiak@citizenactionny.org 716-855-1522

Friday, March 23

Forum: Women and Health Care Reform
8:30 a.m.
Maria Ferari Children’s Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, 100 Woods Rd. in Valhalla
Call 914-397-8804 for more info.

Sat. Mar. 24

Rally: Hurray for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act
11 a.m.
Outside Rep. Michael Grimm’s office, 265 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island
Call 212-925-1829 for more info.