Last night, a KING 5 town hall event on health care featured a question from MS Activist, Susan Brock. The town hall, titled "Health Care: Time to Get in the Game," answered many common questions that people with MS may have about the health law, like "what will happen to me if I'm on Medicare?" or "what will happen to my coverage at work?" Susan's question may be the most important though for people with MS - "What's in the law for people with a chronic condition like MS who experience high out of pocket costs?"
I don't think Susan's question was answered sufficiently. The panelist answering the question had just talked about help that employers will get for paying for employees' coverage and so he answered the question with that in mind. However, Congressman McDermott did point out that there are no more annual or lifetime limits that often limited coverage for someone with extremely high costs. In addition and most importantly, everyone will now have an annual cap on out of pocket expenses (roughly $6300/year - not including premiums). And if you have a lower income (say because your MS prevents you from working full time), you'll have an additional help with your out of pocket costs. So in short, there's a lot to like in the Affordable Care Act if you currently have high out of pocket costs.
The KING 5 special will be on the air again on KONG 6/16 Sunday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m. and again on NWCN Monday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m. It's also available online - look for Susan's question at the 4:08 mark during the third segment.
Keep checking back on this blog for more information on the new health care law. There's lots more to come! And if you want to know more about how you will be impacted by the health care law, speak to an MS Navigator at 800-344-4867 or check out more MS-specific information on our website.