Why are you Thankful?
By Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director
If you follow @HealthCareGov on twitter, you already know some of the many reasons why we are thankful for the health care law, the Affordable Care Act. From preventive benefits to strengthening Medicare, the Affordable Care Act is helping keep Americans healthy and protecting them from some of the worst abuses of the insurance industry.
This month, we’re highlighting the many reasons to be thankful for these new benefits. So we put out the call asking you to give us a few examples about the new health care benefits you’re thankful for, and share stories about how you’ve been helped by the law. Already, on we’ve heard from hundreds of you. Using the hashtag #ThanksHCR, here are just a few examples of what people across America have said on Twitter:
@TxWellHealthy: In Texas, 149,000 young adults gained coverage due to ACA allowing kids under 26 to stay on parents’ policies. #ThanksHCR
@AmerAcadPeds: Thanks to health reform, insures can’t deny coverage to kids due to pre-existing conditions. #ThanksHCR
@NHCouncil: This thanksgiving season NHC gives thanks for ACA policies that help people with #chronic conditions. #ThanksHCR
@HealthPolicyHub: #ThanksHCR for protecting #Medicare benefits for seniors and providing free preventive care with no co-pay.
@RWV4HealthCare: Love the fact that children can stay on their parents' insurance plans till age 26!
So this Thanksgiving, as you gather around the table with family, friends, and great food, remember to share why you are thankful. Talk to your loved ones about the key features of the law that can help keep them healthy. And keep sharing your stories about why you are thankful for the many new benefits in the health care law by sending a tweet using the hashtag #ThanksHCR.