Wouldn't you breathe easier knowing your child's hospital bills were covered?
Unfortunately, for thousands of parents in America with asthmatic children, this has not been the case. Health care plans for children with such illnesses have been priced far out of reach for many families, but without insurance, an emergency stay in the hospital can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills. Yet even with a health care plan, insurance companies have routinely refused to cover medical expenses for children with conditions like asthma, labeling them "pre-existing conditions" that they are not responsible for.
Thankfully, things have changed. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the practice of denying children insurance due to pre-existing conditions is now illegal. By 2014, these protections will extend to all American adults. Because of health care reform, more children across the country are getting access to the treatment they need, and parents can sleep well at night knowing that their children will be cared for.
MichUHCAN (Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network) has been pushing for reforms like these for over 20 years and know this is a landmark victory for people across our state. But some Lansing politicians and the special interests that fund them continue to try to roll things back to the way they were.
Under their leadership, Michigan became one of 26 states that sued the federal government in the Supreme Court, trying to snatch back vital patient protections like these.
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld health care reform, many of these same politicians are calling for its repeal!
Why do they continue to use the power that WE have granted them to try to take away OUR protections? Sign our petition today and tell Lansing politicians that if they don't support the Affordable Care Act, they will not be getting YOUR support in November.
Every child deserves access to health care. Let's keep denial due to pre-existing conditions, prehistoric!
Visit www.michuhcan.com to learn more about our advocacy work to make quality health care accessible and affordable to all!