Here is a response I got from the White House to the previous message I sent to Obama and our representative and senators. You will notice that it doesn't even mention the CAM provided for in the legislation. I think it is boiler plate response to all inquiries and my initial message wasn't evern read in deapth or I bet even by the President. Judge for yourself.
Thank you for writing. After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise to the American people. It is the law of the land.
This legislation builds on our current system of private insurance and gives American families greater control over their own health care. It cuts costs for families, gives Americans greater consumer protections and choice, keeps our promises to seniors on Medicare, strenthens small businesses, and cuts the deficit to help secure a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.
Here is what health reform means to you:
KEEPING YOUR COVERAGE: If you like your current insurance, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, there is nothing in this law that interfers with that relationship. In fact, you will have greater control over your own health care, not government or insurance companies.
ENDING ABUSIVE INSURANCE PRACTICES: This year, insurance companies will be prohibited from denying children coverage because of pre-existig conditions, and in 2014 for adults. Until 2014, uninsured individuals with pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk insurance pool. Beginning this year, insurance companies can not longer place lifetime or restrictive annual limits on the amount of care patients receive, and they can no longer drop people from coverae when they get sick. New offices of health insurance consumer assistance will help individuals in the process of filing complaints or appeals against insurance companies. Learn a lot more at:
STRENGTENING MEDICARE: Guarnteed Medicare benefits are preserved and expanded. In fact, this year, senior who fall into the "donut hole" are receiving $250 rebates to help pay for prescription drugs. In 2011, seniors in this coverge gap will receive a 50% discount for brand name drugs, and by 2020, the donut hole will be completely closed. In addition, beginning in 2011, Medicare beneficiaries will receive free preventative-care services, Learn more at: www.WhiteHouse.gov/health-care-meeting/proposal/titlieii
HELPING SMALL BUSNESSES: On the day I signed the new law, small businesses became immediately eligible for tax credits of up to 35% of their premium contributions for employee coverage. This makes coverage more affordable s small business owners do not have to choose between hiring and health care. By 2014, small businesses with up to 100 employees will have access to state-based Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchanges, where they can purchase affordable, quality insurance and may qualify for tax credits up to 50% of employer premium contributions. Learn more at:
HOLDING INSURANCE COMPNIES ACCOUNTABLE:
Beginning in 2011, insurance companies will be required to submit justifications for requesed premium increases. Any company with excessive or unjustified premium increases may not be able to participate in the new Exchanges. Insurers will also be required to meet new standards that limit overhead costs and provide premium rebates if they fail to satisfy these new standards.
EXPANDING ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE COVERAGE THROUGH MIDDLE CLASS TAX CUTS: Middle class and working families will have greater access to quality, affordable health care. The new law provides tax credits to middle-class families who cannot afford insurance ont their own, providing the largest middle class tax cuts for health care in history. New plans will have a cap on what insurance companies can require beneficiaries ot pay in out-of-pocket expenses, such as co-pays and deductibles. In addition, this year, young people up to age 26 can stay on their parents' insurance policy. Reform will expand health insurance coverage to 32 million Americans, guaranteeing 94% of Americans will be covered. Learn more at:
PROVIDINT MORE OPTIONS THROUGH THE NEW HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES;
I will stop and post the rest of the response in the next post. You will notice as of yet, and believe me no mention of CAM funding. I will send him another email pointing this out and see what happens.