March 23rd marked the first anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The PPACA has already expanded coverage to young adults and those unable to afford health insurance to the high costs of individual premiums due to preexisting conditions. Health insurance companies will need to reform their business practices, including ending the policy of revoking care if a policyholder is diagnosed with a serious illness (so-called rescissions) and requiring that 80-85% of premiums paid by policyholders be used to provide care and benefits (instead of paying executives' salaries, etc).
On March 22nd, I was able to participate in an event sponsored by Virginia Organizing to discuss the benefits of the PPACA. Please take a look at my post on the National Physicians Alliance Virginia Network's page for more detail.
And join me in celebrating a very important birthday.