Ohio Consumers for Health Coverage:
"The re-election of President Barack Obama makes the future of the Affordable Care Act clear. Already millions of Ohioans are benefiting from the law and affordable health care is around the corner for hundreds of thousands more Ohioans when the law is fully implemented in 2014.
The Affordable Care Act is here to stay and that is great news for young adults, seniors, people with cancer and other health problems, and small businesses. The law makes coverage more secure by ensuring that Ohioans cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition, or lose their coverage when they get sick. Increased access to preventive care with no co-pays or deductibles will lower health costs in the long-term by detecting health conditions early. That is the peace of mind that Ohioans need.
The end of the election clears the way for implementation of the law at the state and federal levels - including expanding Medicaid eligibility and establishing an insurance marketplace where Ohioans can buy coverage using tax credits that make insurance more affordable. Ohio's lawmakers and Insurance Director Mary Taylor must begin immediately planning how Ohio will implement the law so it works for consumers and small businesses. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. 2014 will be here before we know it."