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ADVISORY: Montanans talk health reform benefits
on law's anniversary

March 20, 2012

HELENA, Mont. – Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen will join Billings-area Montanans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act on Friday, March 23, at RiverStone Health to talk about ways the federal law has improved access to health insurance and quality health care in Montana.

Friday's press conference falls on the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Although several important reforms included in the law have not yet taken effect, many immediate changes are making care more affordable and accessible for Montanans. Already, the act has helped:

  • 8,300 young Montanans stay on their parent's insurance plan until age 26;
  • 11,500 Montana seniors pay for prescriptions when they fall in the Medicare donut hole; and
  • 166,000 Montanans receive preventative care with no out-of-pocket cost.

Other speakers at Friday's press conference will include:

  • Shelli Ritz, Vice President and CFO of RiverStone Health, a community health center that has benefited from ACA funding;
  • Roger Holt, executive director of Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK), a non-profit that received a federal tax credit to help pay for health insurance;
  • Carly Collins, a 22-year-old who can stay on her parents' insurance until she turns 26 thanks to the ACA;
  • Frank Jefferson, a representative of Indian People's Action, who will speak on the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act; and
  • Chelsea Meisner, a mother whose children have insurance coverage thanks to the ACA ban on exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

WHAT: Press conference on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

WHEN: Friday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE: Yellowstone Conference Room, RiverStone Health, 123 South 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101

VISUALS: Speakers will talk to press on location at RiverStone Health