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Did you know about these provisions in Affordable Care Act?

 

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was introduced by President Barack Obama in March 23, 2010 to make healthcare more affordable and accessible; the Supreme Court upheld this act in June 28, 2012. The better known provisions of this statute are health coverage for even people suffering from pre-existing conditions and children can stay with parents till the age of 26. But there are other lesser known facts that you should know before the future of this act is decided.

 

Know the calories in each item of food

 

This law made it mandatory on all food joints and restaurants to state the exact calories in each food item. The main aim of this rule was to keep the public informed on their calorie intake and thereby combat obesity. The response to this rule was mixed and the general consensus is that until an individual really wants to tackle obesity the calories information on the food is immaterial to them and will not deter them from eating what they like.

 

Exclusive breast pumping space in all offices

 

The law is on the side of working woman especially breast-feeding moms who have to get back to work. There is a provision in the rule that all work places should provide an exclusive place for moms to express milk for their infants other than the restrooms. In addition to that there must be provision for extra pumps and storage at such places without the employee contributing to the cost. Find more interested information on www.roberttarren.co.uk.

 

No more surprises from medical bills

 

For those who do not have any medical insurance or are not sure if their insurance will cover their ER bills the Affordable Care Act is designed to provide some financial assistance. Another aspect of this rule is that in case you had to rush to an ER which is not under your insurance scheme, by law the hospital has to charge you the same as the hospital covered by your insurance.The law also requires hospitals to post a detailed summary of all its costs including any free treatment and discounted care and what is the eligibility for the same. The law also expects the hospitals to charge lower rates for the people who are in need of financial assistance.

 

Nonprofit hospitals accountable for tax exemptions

 

Every year all the nonprofit hospitals are exempted from taxes running into several billions. These exemptions are provided to the hospitals to render affordable health care to the community. According to the health law, the hospitals should provide details of all their expenses and how they have been able to improve their community because of the exemptions provided to them. The hospital has to survey the needs of the community every three years and suggest strategies to meet the needs of the people. Whatever steps the hospital takes must be documented and presented to the Internal Revenue System failing which the organization is liable to fines ranging to $ 50,000.

 

Women can select Obstetricians and gynecologist of their choice

 

Normally under any insurance plan there is a panel of doctors from which you have to choose one whom you deem to be ideal for your needs. In the case of women who need to consult a specialist they need a referral from a primary care physician. Till recently this law did not include the self insured but now even these plans are covered by the law. It is believed that once woman are able to meet the OB-GYN they can even screen for regular health issues and not just reproductive health.

 

Disabilities in children too covered

 

There are very few insurance plans that cover children with autism and other degenerative diseases putting strain on the finances of the family. The real reason for insurance companies shying away from such cases is that there is no possibility of a cure unlike the regular rehabilitation wherein people regain almost the lost faculties most of the time. But in the Affordable Act there is a provision to include such people under habilitative care.

 

Thus, we see that the main reason for the Obama care was to make health affordable and within the reach of each citizen of the nation. But because of a lot of misleading knowledge about the program the general public has largely remained confused. And under the Donald Trump regime, the healthcare might vanish all together; but in case it survives you should know about these provisions that can be useful to you and your dear ones.

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