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America's Affordable Health Choices Act

July 14, 2009

Today, the Chairmen of the three Committees with jurisdiction over health policy in the House (Energy & Commerce, Education & Labor, and Ways & Means) introduced America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 to curb out-of-control costs, encourage competition among insurance plans to improve choices for patients, and expand access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans:

Here's what America's Affordable Health Choices Act means for you:


No more co-pays or deductibles for preventive care

No more rate increases for pre-existing conditions, gender, or occupation

An annual cap on your out-of-pocket expenses

Group rates of a national pool if you buy your own plan

Guaranteed, affordable oral, hearing, and vision care for your kids


Keep your doctor, and your current plan, if you like them

More choice, with a high quality public health insurance option competing with private insurers


You and your doctors make health care decisions — not insurance companies

More family doctors and nurses will enter the workforce, helping guarantee access

Mental health care must be covered


No more coverage denials for pre-existing conditions

No more lifetime limits on how much insurance companies will pay

No reason to ever make a job or life decision again based on health care coverage

Learn more:
Read a summary>>

Read the bill text>>

Paying For Health Care Reform>>

Read issue specific fact sheets about America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009:

The Health Insurance Exchange>>

Public Health Insurance Option>>

Shared Responsibility>>

Guaranteed Benefits>><

Making Coverage Affordable>>

Consumer Protections and Insurance Market Reforms>>

Employers and Health Reform>>

Strengthening the Nation’s Health Workforce>>

Delivery System Reform>>

Protecting Program Integrity by Preventing Waste, Fraud and Abuse>>

Strengthening Medicare>>

Improving the Medicare Part D Drug Program>>

Maintaining and Improving Medicaid>>

Preventing Disease and Improving the Public’s Health>>

Controlling Health Care Costs>>