Compilation of facts regarding the Affordable Care Act:
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1.27 million Michigan residents are uninsured, about 13 percent of the population. This means, if the law passes, 13 percent of the Michigan population would be forced to obtain health insurance through an employer or by purchasing it on an open-market. If the mandate is thrown out, individuals can obtain health insurance through a subsidized program, which will require state funding.
More than 23,000 Michigan seniors and people with disabilities have saved $17.6 million this calendar year on prescription drugs because of the federal law, an average of $757 per person, according to federal statistics.
Last week, U.S. Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius visited Detroit to announce $3.7 million in grants for six Michigan health centers to help expand access to care for 59,431 additional patients, according to The Associated Press.
According to The Associated Press, 114,000 Michigan residents will get $13.9 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer because of a rule that requires insurance companies give rebates if they don't spend at least 80 percent of consumers' premiums on medical care and quality improvement. The rebates will average $214 for 65,000 Michigan families.
Studies suggest premiums in the individual health insurance market would jump by 10 percent to 30 percent if the court strikes down the individual insurance requirement but leaves the rest of the Affordable Care Act in place, according to The Associated Press.
Three of the biggest U.S. health insurers, Humana Inc., Aetna Inc. and UnitedHealth Group Inc., said they plan to keep offering some benefits now required under the federal health overhaul legislation, even if the Supreme Court strikes down the entire law, according to the Wall Street Journal. All companies said they would continue to allow young people to stay on their parents' plans until the age of 26, offer a third-party appeals process for coverage denials, and provide preventive benefits such as immunizations without any out-of-pocket expense for consumers.