(DETROIT FREE PRESS)
By Kathleen Sebelius
This January, millions of Americans will ring in the new year with the security and peace of mind that has eluded them for decades: They will finally have quality health insurance.
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For more than 1.1 million of our fellow citizens in Michigan, the opportunity to obtain new, quality coverage will be only a click, call or conversation away when the six-month open enrollment period for the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the 85% of Americans who currently have coverage will continue to benefit from new rights and legal protections. In Michigan, there are more than 220,000 people with private insurance who are now guaranteed access to free preventive services, such as cholesterol tests, mammograms and blood pressure screenings. Nearly 95,000 young people in Michigan between the ages of 19 and 25 are now able to stay on their parents’ plan. Furthermore, more than 100,000 seniors in Michigane are better able to afford their prescription drugs, as we close the Medicare doughnut hole.
It is all thanks to the new health care law: the Affordable Care Act.