Thursday, May 19. 2011
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, recently reached out to colleges and universities in his district, asking that they educate their student bodies on the ins and outs of healthcare reform and benefits, according to The Baltimore Sun.
"Before health reform became law, more than one-third of all young adults - including those with insurance - were having trouble paying their medical bills, and one-fourth were paying off medical debt," said Hoyer. "The Affordable Care Act has a number of features that will contribute to young Americans’ health and security."
One of the most important features for college-aged individuals is the mandate that health insurers allow individuals as old as 26 to remain on their family health insurance plans. This legislation is intended to lift the burden of obtaining coverage after graduation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In a letter that was sent to nine institutions of higher education, Steny stressed the importance of understanding healthcare reform and health insurance policies. The Congressman suggests that schools use several strategies to accomplish this task. Distributing flyers, hosting information sessions, and linking university home pages to information on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were just some of Steny's recommendations, according to the news source.
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