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Gregoire celebrates first anniversary of federal Affordable Care Act

For Immediate Release: March 23, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire made the following statement on the first anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act:

“Since this law was enacted, Washingtonians have had more freedom and control over their health care. Insurance companies can’t deny kids coverage due to pre-existing conditions. More than 45,000 Washington seniors received a $250 rebate this year on prescription drugs after falling into the ‘doughnut hole’ in Medicare drug coverage. These seniors will receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs. Children can stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26. Under the act, small businesses will get tax credits that make it possible for them to retain employees and offer health insurance. I am committed to working with President Obama and others as we continue implementing and improving this law in the years to come.”