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Dear Mr Murphy - Patty Murray

Dear Mr Murphy - Patty Murray

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A communication recently received from Patty Murray’s autoresponder computer system.
“I appreciate having the benefit of your views”,….yet not a single point
raised was addressed, not one….
A communication recently received from Patty Murray’s autoresponder computer system.
“I appreciate having the benefit of your views”,….yet not a single point
raised was addressed, not one….

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A communication recently received from Patty Murray’s autoresponder computer system.

“I appreciate having the benefit of your views”,….yet not a single point raised was addressed, not one….
Dear Mr. Murphy: Thank you for writing me regarding reforming America's health care system. I appreciate having the benefit of your views. Over the last two years, I have heard from hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians on this issue. I have heard from constituents on all sides, with differing beliefs. I want you to know I appreciate the time you have taken to share your thoughts with me. I know your opinions on this issue are powerful and deeply felt, and please know that I respect them. The health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. In the first year of implementation, Washington state families and small business owners are already enjoying the end of many insurance abuses, have started seeing improvements to their health insurance coverage, and are receiving assistance with their immediate health care costs. Health care reform has already ended some of the worst insurance industry abuses across the country. For example, insurance companies can no longer refuse coverage to children who have an existing medical condition. Before this law, insurance companies could deny coverage to children due to an existing illness, even if they were born with the disease or ailment. But thanks to this law, insurance companies can no longer deny your child the health care they need. Additionally, adults who have been denied coverage when insurance companies see them as too risky or too expensive now have access to new health coverage and insurance companies can no longer drop your coverage if you get sick. Prior to health care reform, if you had an illness that required extensive care, such as epilepsy or cystic fibrosis, insurance companies could cut off your coverage and require you to pay out of pocket for your lifesaving treatment. The implementation of this law means that when you get sick, your insurance company has to pay for your care and cannot drop you to help their own bottom line. Because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, policies are now in place that not only improve health coverage but also help lower long-term health care costs. For example, young people up to age 26 can now stay on family policies. This change helps a group with previously high uninsured rates receive access to insurance. Insuring more young people reduces the number of Americans receiving uncompensated care that is passed on to the rest of us in the form of higher premiums, thus lowering the cost of care for everyone.

Another immediate benefit of health care reform has been that insurance companies now cover preventative services with little or no cost to patients. This new focus on prevention and earlier treatment of illness will help more Americans avoid invasive and expensive later-stage treatments. And starting in 2011, grants will be available to small businesses who establish wellness programs to further bolster prevention efforts. Thanks to health care reform, senior citizens and small businesses are already receiving help with their health care costs. For example, the Medicare Part D "donut hole" is now being filled, which means that over 950,000 Washington state seniors who were at risk of falling into this coverage gap are seeing immediate relief. Seniors who were struggling to pay for their prescriptions now have some drug costs covered by Medicare instead of paying for them out of their own pockets. Also starting this year, pharmaceutical companies will be required to provide discounts on brand-name prescriptions to continue to fill the Medicare Part D "donut hole" and federal subsidies will begin for generic prescriptions that fall into the "donut hole." Additionally, according in the Internal Revenue System, over 100,000 Washington small business owners may qualify for a tax credit program to make providing health insurance coverage to their employees more affordable. Washington families and small businesses will continue to see additional benefits from this law in 2011. Starting this year, insurance companies will be required to spend the majority of profit from premiums on patients and services instead of overhead, salaries or administrative expenses. If they fail to do so, they will be required to provide a rebate to consumers. This means that insurance companies will be spending more of the money you send them on actual health care delivery, not overhead and salaries. Although this law cannot address everything that is wrong with our health care system overnight, and more must be done to reduce the increasing cost of medical care, Washington state residents and small business owners are now closer to lower premiums, more choices, and the health care security and stability they deserve. Again, thank you for writing me about this important issue. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates. Please keep in touch.

Sincerely, Patty Murray United States Senator

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