Benefits to Virginians through the Affordable Care Act
Healthcare reforms are one of the most debated topics in the insurance industry right now. There are lots of articles, blogs and debates going on throughout all types of media: print, online, mobile, etc. In the similar vein, we are here to discuss some benefits that the residents of Virginia will have with the implementation of this Act.
- Around 109,000 small businesses in Virginia could be helped by a new small business tax credit. In return, these businesses will have to provide coverage to their workers
- A roughly calculated figure of 91,500 Medicare beneficiaries in Virginia hit the donut hole, or gap in Medicare Part D drug coverage. However, these Medicare beneficiaries received no extra help to defray the cost of their prescription drugs. With the implementation of this Act, Medicare beneficiaries in Virginia who hit the gap this year will automatically be mailed a one-time $250 rebate check.
- Some help for early retirees also as an estimated 82,100 people from Virginia retired before they were eligible for Medicare and have health coverage through their former employers. From June 1, 2010, a $5 billion temporary early retiree reinsurance program will help stabilize these early retirees to get reinsurance.
- To provide coverage for insurance and consumers with pre-existing conditions, $113 million federal dollars are available to Virginia starting July 1 to provide coverage. This will be functional till the state-run exchanges become functional.
- 146 Community Health Centres will be benefitted at the beginning October 1, 2010, with increased funding. This will help nearly double the number of patients seen by these centers over the next five years.
- National Health Service Corps would be funded with $1.5 bn over five years to provide scholarships and loan repayments for doctors, nurses and other health care providers who work in areas with a shortage of health professionals. With this funding, around 9% of Virginia’s population who live in an underserved area would be helped.
- With the new Act, Virginia enjoys the option of Federal Medicaid funding for coverage for all low-income populations, irrespective of age, disability, or family status, for the very first time…