One of the biggest news stories over the past week or so has been the Supreme Court’s decsion to uphold President Obama’s health care reform law. The health care reform law “ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance company abuses,” details a recent White House e-news mailing.
In order to show how the law is helping many people–especially women and their families– the WhiteHouse.gov blog has been documenting the stories of several women in a video series, each have been positively impacted by health care reform.
In one of the videos, we meet Tracy Wirtanen-DeBenedet whose son Sami was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow throughout the nervous system. The condition, while it has no cure, is managed by surgeries, chemotherapy, and a constant watchful eye to avoid serious complications.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Sami cannot be denied coverage because of his pre-existing condition–it is now illegal to do so. Tracy is also relieved to know that Sami will not lose coverage because of a lifetime dollar cap on coverage.
“So our job is to worry about finding the proper specialist, getting him to the MRIs, getting him to the doctors appointments, keeping him healthy, you know, having him be a joyful child,” she said. “We don’t want to have to spend our time worrying if we’re going to be thrown off insurance or if it’s going to be ‘capped off.’”
Read Tracy’s full story and others like hers here.