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Political pundits can hardly wait to tally up the “winners” and “losers” when the U.S. Supreme Court issues its ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) later this month.
However, if the high court does overturn President Obama’s historic law reforming health care—those who stand to lose the most will be the millions of children and young adults who have been helped by the legislation.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the ACA has provided care to 54 million people. That includes more than 14 million children who are receiving preventive services—like vision and hearing screens, immunizations, and developmental assessment. Many are also getting counseling to curb childhood obesity.
The law also abolished lifetime dollar limits for benefits received by 28 million children and extended coverage to almost 14 million young adults, who were able to stay on or join their parents’ health plan.
Number of Americans Estimated to be Receiving Expanded Preventive Services Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act (in Millions)
Educators are concerned about the ruling because they know how important it is that students show up to school ready to learn. Some have even come to Washington, D.C., to advocate for students on the steps of the Supreme Court.
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