Brown says 5 million Ohioans will benefit from ACA

Portsmouth Daily Times

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) says, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, over 5 million Ohioans with pre-existing conditions will no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums.

On Tuesday, Brown applauded the Administration’s announcement that more than seven million Americans have enrolled for insurance through the new health care marketplace. Monday marked the last day for Americans to seek health insurance before the first enrollment period deadline expired, leading to a surge of citizens of all backgrounds enrolling online, or through a navigator, to ensure that they too can be covered. With states yet to report their enrollment numbers, the final tally is expected to be even larger, Brown said, calling it a victory for the health law which he says has already helped millions of Ohioans be healthy and better protected.

Brown said 5,053,000 Ohioans with pre-existing conditions, including up to 643,000 children, will no longer be denied coverage or charged higher premiums. Brown said 1,355,000 previously uninsured Ohioans will now have new health insurance options through either private health plans available for purchase in the Marketplace or through Medicaid.

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