Have a Heart for Kids Day 2020

What health care reform means to Washingtonians

Christina 07/22/12


Many Children’s Alliance members know what the Affordable Care Act means for their families. Most regard the new law as a welcome change.

That’s what we’ve heard from the 68 people who answered our recent survey asking families to share “how you believe you are, or may be, affected by the Affordable Care Act."

Here are a few of their responses:

Gerry: “Now we know that not only can we not be denied coverage because of our pre-existing conditions… [we also] now know that a major illness will not wipe out our savings and cause us to live in poverty.”

Laura: “When my older daughters first got out of college they were in health care limbo… it made me very nervous. After 26 they did get jobs with health care. Now I look forward to not having to worry about my son.”

Angela: “My children are into extreme sports and now I can sleep at night knowing that they will be able to live their lives to the fullest and not be burdened with debt. I have been without health insurance for 12 years and now can afford coverage myself!”

The reforms in the Affordable Care Act have not yet taken full effect; some of the respondents will have to wait until 2014 to see how the new law affects them. Jacqui Hawkins, for example, is looking forward to affordable family-based coverage for herself and her son.

“My family has lived without health care for many years, partly due to cost and partly due to my pre-existing conditions,” she wrote. “I’m hoping that my child and I will be able to access Medicaid or find a plan that works for the two of us.”

State policy makers are now making many of the decisions that will shape the health plans from which families like Jacqui’s will choose.

Children’s Alliance will continue to help the state shape this health insurance marketplace so that it works for all.

Those who responded to our survey know a lot about health reform. Do you? Here’s one quick way to find out: test your own knowledge with this 10-question health reform quiz: