What Does the Health Care Reform Law Mean to You?

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

Graphic: Center for Rural Affairs

Graphic: Center for Rural Affairs

From Brian Depew, Assistant Director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska (population 963) we get this:

The passage of health care reform will make health insurance affordable to millions of rural Americans and help rural people build a future and create opportunity in communities across the country.

For years we have heard from farmers, ranchers and small business owners about sky-high health care premiums, businesses closed for lack of access and even farms lost to medical debt.

If Congress had failed to act, by 2019 one in three rural Americans in towns under 2,500 would have gone without health insurance, a scenario we simply could not afford. With the passage of reform, it is a scenario we will not have to face.

The Center gives links to the following resources that will help you answer the question that is the title of this post.

The Washington Post’s health reform calculator looks at what the law may mean in terms of insurance coverage and taxes, based on your own situation.

A two-page PDF file from the House Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce on provisions specific to rural America.

A four-pager from the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on provisions relating to small businesses.

Also from Nancy Pelosi’s office, a two-page PDF on provisions that take effect between now and January 1, 2011.

It could be worse. Much worse.  Like the status quo ante,  what we had before the law was enacted. We’re easing our way into the 21st Century and the company of industrialized nations who have taken care of their citizens, some of them for generations.

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