Next week will mark the one year anniversary of President Obama's historic signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Although the biggest provisions of the law don't go into effect until 2014, many important changes have already taken place. For instance, young adults up to age 26 can now stay on their parents' health insurance plans. Individuals with pre-existing conditions, including those who were previously denied insurance coverage, can now buy into state-based high risk pools. Lifetime limits on insurance coverage are now prohibited.
Despite all these current and future benefits, the Republicans continue to mount challenges to this important law—a law which we fought so hard to achieve. Now is the time to come together again to defend and protect the Affordable Care Act.
Please join Greater NYC for Change and a host of co-sponsors for a Citywide Rally and Press Conference!
Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00 PM
Community Healthcare Network's Long Island City Health Center
36-11 21st St in Long Island City, Queens
(Take the N train to 36th Ave, or F train to 21st Street)
Join your fellow New Yorkers to:
• celebrate the first anniversary of the new health care law
• find out about how the new law is already helping New Yorkers
• hear about what's already underway here in New York to fully implement the new law and how best to keep moving forward
• learn about new moves in Congress to take health care away from us and our communities, and how to fight back
Special guest speakers to be announced!
Children's Defense Fund of NY, Citizen Action of NYC, Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare, Community Healthcare Network, Greater NYC for Change, Health Care for All New York, Make the Road New York, Manhattan Young Democrats, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign, National Physicians Alliance, NY Immigration Coalition, Queens Young Democrats, Young Invincibles
Other upcoming events:
The Affordable Care Act After One Year: What It Means for Everyday New Yorkers
Monday, March 21, 9-11:30 AM
Come listen to a host of medical professionals discuss the new health care law and how it affects us and our communities.
Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla
More info: 914-397-8804.
Conference call with Rep. Nydia Velazquez
Monday, March 21, 11:00 AM
Featuring selected small business owners in NYC and NYC residents and hosted by the Main Street Alliance and Make the Road NY
More Info: 347-489-7085 or 347-512-9073
New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage Monthly Roundtable
Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 AM
New ACA Consumer Assistance Programs for People with Serious Illnesses and Disabilities
Guest speakers Priya Mendon (CHA) and Greg Otten (CIDNY)
National MS Society: 733 3rd Avenue, 3rd floor
More info: 646-442-4147
The Affordable Care Act: Moving Forward in New York
Wednesday, March 23
A statewide day of action in Albany, Hosted by: Health Care for All New York
More info: 212-925-1829 or www.hcfany.org
Young Adults: What's in Health Care Reform for You
Thurs. March 24, 8:30-10 p.m
Forum sponsored by Raising Women's Voices & Sexual Health Advocacy Group (SHAG)
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Hess Commons , 722 W. 168th St. in Manhattan
More info: 212-870-2010.