State Rep. Sellers Applauds ACA for Providing Access to Health Care

The Affordable Care Act is providing 30,000 More Young Americans in SC with access to health care

DENMARK, S.C. - South Carolina state Representative Bakari Sellers today applauded President Obama's Affordable Care Act for providing 30,000 more young Americans in South Carolina with access to health care. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data showing that the legislation continues to significantly increase the number of young adults who have health insurance.                                   
 
Before the Affordable Care Act, more young Americans lacked health insurance than any other age group - accounting for more than one-in-five of the uninsured. Going without insurance puts the health and finances of millions of young people at risk. 
 
"New graduates are often forced to go without health care coverage because they can't afford it or can't get health insurance through their jobs," said Sellers, one of the youngest members of the South Carolina General Assembly. "Now, thanks to Obama's health care reform, 30,000 more young Americans in South Carolina don't have to worry about getting sick without insurance and can focus on beginning their careers and starting a family. The impact of not having to worry about being bankrupted by medical bills is huge for people my age."
 
Contrary to the myth that young people don't need health insurance, one in six young adults has a chronic disease like cancer, diabetes or asthma. Studies show that nearly half of uninsured young adults reported problems paying their medical bills and others forwent regular care, like checkups or recommended screenings, due to cost.
 
President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act to put affordable, quality health insurance back within reach of all Americans. As part of the new law, young adults can now stay on their parents' plan up to age 26. 
 
Originally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projected that 1.24 million young adults would gain coverage in 2011 as a result of this part of the law. These actual numbers far exceed those initial expectations. Nationally, 2.5 million young adults now have health care coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.
 
In South Carolina, that means an estimated 30,000 more young Americans have access to health care because of the new law. Additionally, the average Medicare recipient saved $569 on their prescription drugs this year, without seeing increases in premiums.
 
Beyond expanding coverage, the health care reform also puts an end to insurance company abuses. Already, insurance companies cannot use a lifetime cap or cancel coverage when someone gets sick, and millions of Americans can now get preventive care without copays or cost-sharing. It will also soon be illegal for insurance companies to refuse to cover someone with pre-existing conditions.