TakeAction Minnesota convened a party at the State Capitol yesterday to say goodbye to many health insurer abuses and to celebrate the beginning of the consumer impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama six months ago. Long awaited features of the new act include extended coverage for young adults; its prohibition of excluding coverage for children with pre-existing conditions; that it provides free preventative care; bans insurance companies from dropping coverage when we get sick; empowers consumers to appeal insurance company denials and eliminates lifetime limits on insurance coverage.
Two consumers, Mark Brull of Edina and Julie Olson of Minneapolis told their family stories of how this new act will improve their lives. Cristal Thomas, Regional Director, Region V of the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services described some of the details.