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Obama Care and Student Health


obama_careObamacare. Americans have heard it talked about on the news by savvy politicians or healthcare industry lobbyists, but some are unaware of the true contents of the act and what it has changed since it passed.

Known officially as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “Obamacare” was signed into law in March of 2010. It has made certain reforms to public and private health insurance programs, notably the mandate for increased coverage of pre-existing conditions and an expansion of access to over 30 million Americans.

Know Your Care, a 501(c)(3) organization, was at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point last month to spread the word on the not-so-commonly known benefits of the ACA. The group aims to educate the American public about the changes brought about by the Act, and has been touring campuses and senior citizen organizations across Wisconsin in an effort to inform those most affected by its enactment.

Joe Gorzek, Chair of UWSP’s Student Health Advisory Committee, spoke of the significance of Know Your Care’s efforts to spread awareness of the ACA’s benefits.

“It is great that an organization like Know Your Care is working with students here in Stevens Point to help educate young adults on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act,” Gorzek said. “With this information young students will have a better understanding of the health care benefits available to us. This knowledge will help us stay healthy and bridge the gap between earning our degrees and future employment.”
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