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On Affordable Care Act's Second Anniversary, Patient Advocate Foundation Highlights Law's Benefits to Consumers

 

New PAF Website Provides Patients with Information on Reform Implementation Progress, Resources Available for Accessing Law's Benefits

WASHINGTON, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, today the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) joined with numerous other national health care organizations in commemorating the historic law's progress in its first two years, and highlighted the availability of a new Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) website to educate patients on the ACA's benefits and implementation details.

"PAF was founded 15 years ago in order to help America's seriously and chronically ill patients access the care they need, and the ACA was created in this same spirit of opening and improving channels to quality, affordable care for our nation's most vulnerable," said NPAF founder and CEO Nancy Davenport-Ennis. "Two years into the law's implementation, however, many Americans lack a full understanding of its benefits – so we found it important as patient advocates to help more consumers and their families understand exactly what they are entitled to under this milestone legislation." In order to educate consumers about benefits under the ACA and provide information about resources available to help patients navigate the new changes brought about by the law, PAF and the Patient Access Council (founded by PAF as a collaboration of professional nurses and health care thought leaders representing five of the nation's foremost pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies) created www.insureUStoday.org.

Although several key components of the ACA will not take place until 2014, many patient-focused provisions have already been implemented, including prohibiting insurance coverage discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions, providing free preventive care and expanding insurance choices for young adults and children.

The InsureUSToday website provides a health care reform timeline outlining the implementation dates of key ACA provisions; a news section with media articles and announcements relative to the ACA; information resources for young adults and children, women, families, seniors and employers seeking information about the law; and blog postings explaining how the law is working in practice.

"It is our hope that through InsureUSToday, and through the professional case management services and information that PAF provides to the millions of patients contacting us for help accessing in health care, we can help more individuals and families better understand the assistance available to them through the ACA," said Davenport-Ennis. "Although the law has made commendable progress in its first two years, more people need to understand and take advantage of the ACA's offerings in order for it to reach its full potential in improving access to care for all."

About Patient Advocate Foundation

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.

More information on PAF is available at http://www.patientadvocate.org or by phone at 800-532-5274.

About Patient Access Council

Patient Advocate Foundation established the Patient Access Council in 2008 and is a collaboration of professional nurses and health care thought leaders who serve in leadership roles in leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies as national patient advocacy representatives. For more information about Patient Access Council, visit www.insureUStoday.org.

SOURCE Patient Advocate Foundation

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