Affordable Care Act in Action

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President Obama announced this month that 8.5 million Americans will receive health insurance rebates this summer. The Affordable Care Act requires insurers to spend at least 80 per cent of their premium profits on medical care. If that amount is not spent on medical care, the remainder must be returned to consumers. In addition, this program explores the cost of insurance plans unveiled by the New York and California health benefit exchanges. Prices are lower than what some analysts predicted.

Guests: Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at Health and Human Services, Washington, DC, www.hhs.gov; Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Health Equity Director, Families USA, Washington, D.C., www.familiesusa.org.

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