by Jasmine Calderon –
To mark and celebrate the statistic of 8 million Americans that have signed up for private health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama invited key healthcare executives along with community leaders from across the United States to The White House on May 1, 2014.
Executives from the healthcare community who played a key role in the development of this landmark legislation as well as communal leaders from across the spectrum were invited to meet with key White House officials in an effort to both garner input and enhance and engage the community on how the Affordable Care Act can help uninsured Americans sign up for health care coverage.
Among the top leaders of the health care industry that were in the White House yesterday included Joseph B. Stamm CEO of MedReview. MedReview is an independent review organization and it is celebrating its 40th year anniversary of service, improving the world of healthcare through medical reviews, quality audits, and health services management this year.
Mr. Stamm had the opportunity to converse with the President on issues related delivery health care form his perspective as a CEO with many decades of experience and shared several points that piqued the President’s interest.
Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group a leading Public Relations company was also among the invitees. Mr. Friedlander worked together with Matt Nosanchuk, advisor to the President on Jewish affairs and assisted the White House on outreach to the orthodox Jewish community pertaining to the Affordable Care Act.
One of the key factors of the Affordable Care Act that appeal to the Orthodox Jewish community is if your plan covers children, you can now add or keep your children on your health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old.
Before the health care law, insurance companies could remove enrolled children usually at age 19, sometimes older for full-time students. Now, most health plans that cover children must make coverage available to children up to age 26 even if they’re married. Having the ability to put your child on your health plan has alleviated a major concern that many orthodox Jewish families faced immediately after their marriage.
Mr. Friedlander along with Mr. Stamm utilized the opportunity to engage top White House officials including Chief of Staff Denis McDonough and Senior Advisor Valarie Jarrett regarding pertinent issues of the day.