This week marks the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and debate about its cost and benefits continues to be vigorous. But one thing that can't be denied "is that the ACA, on a most basic level, benefits vulnerable kids in Kentucky," writes Terry Brooks, right, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, in an op-ed piece in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
"Today, because of the ACA, kids with pre-existing conditions like diabetes and asthma can't be denied the care they need," he writes. "And children across Kentucky are receiving preventive care like immunizations without their parents having to pay out-of-pocket costs so they can avoid illness and we can avoid unnecessary health care costs for preventable problems."
Brooks also notes that the ACA allows children to be covered under parents' insurance up to age 26.
If provisions of the ACA are not revoked, children can continue to benefit into their adulthood, Brooks writes: "They'll be protected from their insurance companies placing lifetime caps on their coverage and benefits, so if a child beats leukemia at age eight, she will still be able to get the care she needs if she relapses at age 20." That will translates to 360,000 children in Kentucky being protected. "And more than 180,000 Kentucky children will be able to receive preventative care such as well-child visits and other screenings with no out-of-pocket costs," he writes.
"So, yes, let's debate the pros and cons," he said. "But let's not deny the simple fact that the ACA is good for kids, and kids should be spared from the politics and animosity of this debate." (Read more)