July 6, 2013

July 6, 2013

Congressional Update


Dear friends,

This week, I would like to share with you important information regarding the Affordable Care Act, including  how young adults can take advantage of the health care law and how to get assistance from my office.

Bruni Coffee - Bruni, Texas

This week, I held a community coffee chat at the Bruni Community Center in Bruni, Texas, where I addressed current updates on local and federal issues, including Immigration Reform and the new Health Care Marketplace. Constituents had the opportunity to participate in an open discussion regarding related topics and present any questions, comments, and concerns.

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend for showing their support and presenting their inquisitions.

For further information on future coffee chats, make sure to visit my website, or my Facebook and Twitter pages for time and location announcements.

Congressman Cuellar addressing current updates on local and federal issues at the coffee chat in Bruni, Texas.

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Congressman Cuellar meets with constituents visiting the Capitol from the Rio Grande Valley.
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Affordable Care Act Update

When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, it carried with it a promise of expanding access to quality, affordable health coverage for millions of American families and small businesses. 

Right now, individuals, families and small business owners can visit
HealthCare.gov to start getting ready for open enrollment on October 1st.

This week, I would like to share with you six reasons how the Affordable Care Act benefits young adults and children:

For young adults:

• The health care law allows young adults to stay on their parents’ health plans up to their 26th birthday. 6.6 million young adults have already taken advantage of the law to obtain health insurance through their parents’ plan, of whom 3.1 million would be uninsured without this coverage.

• The health care law bans insurance companies from dropping young adults when they get sick or have an accident.

• For young adults in new private plans, the health care law provides free coverage of key preventive services.

• The health care law provides access to quality coverage to the millions of children and young adults without access to affordable job-based plans, with the establishment of new state-based Health Insurance Marketplaces, beginning in 2014. Currently, young adults are the most uninsured group among all Americans and there are 7 million American children without any health insurance.

For children:

• The health care law prohibits insurers from denying coverage to children under age 19 for having a “pre-existing condition.” Up to 17 million children with pre-existing conditions are now protected from discrimination.

• For children in new private plans, the health care law provides free coverage of key preventive services, such as immunizations.

To learn more about how healthcare benefits for young adults please visit:

* Information provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov and the Office of Democratic Leader


Congressman Henry Cuellar





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