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Published June 28, 2012, 11:30 PM

Health care reform impacts in North Dakota, Minnesota

Health reform impact in North Dakota

• 5,000 young adults under age 26 now covered under their parents’ health insurance as of December 2011.

• 10,914 people with Medicare received a $250 rebate to help pay for prescription drugs once hitting the “donut hole” payment gap, for a total of $9.8 million since enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

• 75,207 Medicare patients received free preventive services – such as mammograms or colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. Altogether, 130,000 in North Dakota received preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing.

• 253,000 residents, including 93,000 women and 66,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on health insurance coverage. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.

• 61 previously uninsured North Dakota residents who were excluded from health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions now are insured as of April 2012 under a special health plan.

• 13 community health centers in North Dakota have received $2.2 million to create new sites in medically underserved areas, expanding preventive and primary care.

• $6.2 million in grants have been provided for health professions workforce demonstration projects.

Health reform impact in Minnesota

• 35,000 young adults under age 26 now covered under their parents’ health insurance as of December 2011.

• 66,833 people with Medicare received a $250 rebate to help pay for prescription drugs once hitting the “donut hole” payment gap, for a total of $59.6 million since enactment of the Affordable Care Act.

• 424,007 Medicare patients received free preventive services – such as mammograms or colonoscopies – or a free annual wellness visit with their doctor. Altogether, more than 1 million in Minnesota received preventive service coverage with no cost-sharing.

• Two million residents, including 754,000 women and 553,000 children, are free from worrying about lifetime limits on health insurance coverage. The law also restricts the use of annual limits and bans them completely in 2014.

• 424 previously uninsured Minnesota residents who were excluded from health insurance coverage because of pre-existing conditions now are insured as of April 2012 under a special health plan.

• 73 community health centers in Minnesota have received $28.7 million to create new sites in medically underserved areas, expanding preventive and primary care.

• $12.5 million for maternal, infant and early childhood home visiting programs to meet with at-risk families.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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