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Moran “Proud” of Yes Vote on Health Care Reform

by ARLnow.com March 22, 2010 at 12:41 am 0

Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) says he’s “proud to have helped make progress [and] history on the House floor” Sunday night after casting a “yes” vote on health care reform.

“While complex and politically difficult, I think everyone on Capitol Hill knows in their heart of hearts that health reform is in the best interests of the people back at home and of the nation as a whole,” Moran said.

Moran’s office outlined the benefits it expects his congressional district, which includes Arlington, will receive as a result of health care reform:

  • 493,000 people will see improvements in their current health care coverage.
  • 8,700 people who can’t buy health insurance now because of a pre-existing condition will be able to obtain coverage.
  • 101,000 families will get tax credits to help make health insurance more affordable.
  • 17,500 small businesses will get tax credits to help make health insurance more affordable for their employees.
  • 64,000 Medicare beneficiaries will see better care and will pay less for prescription drugs because the Medicare Part D donut hole will be closed.
  • 50,000 young adults living in the 8th district will be able to stay on their parents’ health insurance policy until their 26th birthday.
  • 29,000 uninsured residents will have access to health care coverage.
  • 800 families won’t have to file for bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • 8 community health centers in the eighth district will receive millions of dollars in new funding to see thousands of new patients.

“Some of the benefits in the reform package are gradual and will be phased-in over time,” Moran said in a statement. “But many benefits will kick in this year.”

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