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When Pres. Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Act on March 23, quality, affordable health care became the law of the land. A few days later, a companion bill made final touches to this historic accomplishment.

When Pres. Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Act on March 23, quality, affordable health care became the law of the land. A few days later, a companion bill made final touches to this historic accomplishment. Changes that AFSCME long championed will now be implemented — some in 2010, others over the next few years. This special edition of AFSCME WORKS explains what we’ve accomplished, when the changes will take place, why our health care system needed to be remade and what we’ve got to do now to keep opponents from reversing our important work.

Reform 101

She Can't Be Denied

Workshop

A home care provider and chairperson of the United Domestic Workers (UDW/AFSCME) chapter in El Dorado County, Calif., Amy Day has several pre-existing conditions related to the birth of her son who suffers with cerebral palsy. The mother of two relies mainly on her union contract for her family’s primary care. She has long known that having a pre-existing condition could mean that if she ever switched jobs, an insurance company could refuse to cover her or drop her if she got sick. Reform changes all of that. It prohibits insurers from engaging in these horrendous practices, protecting Amy and millions of Americans like her. “Before, I felt like my life was hanging on a thread. Now I have peace of mind,” Amy says.

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