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Courtesy of Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka
Source Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii) celebrated the House of Representatives passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act tonight.

"We are one step closer to improving the nation’s health care system," said Akaka.  "This legislation expands access to health care coverage, improves the quality and availability of services, and attempts to slow increasing costs. When this bill becomes law, people with preexisting conditions will be able to get insurance, and unfair lifetime limits imposed by insurance companies will be prohibited."  

Senator Akaka also noted that the legislation includes critical provisions for Hawaii's employer-mandated insurance and Hawaii hospitals which care for Medicaid and uninsured patients.

"The Act also recognizes Hawaii’s unique health care system. The Act includes a rule of construction that is intended to preserve our unique ERISA exemption and the employer-mandated insurance that the exemption enables. I am also proud that the legislation includes a permanent restoration of a Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotment for Hawaii. DSH is intended to support hospitals that care for significant numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients."


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