Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Health Reform Is Law

This morning, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Mr. Obama said at the signing that “our presence here today is remarkable and improbable.”

And he added that “we have now just enshrined… the core principle that everybody should have some basic security when it comes to their health care.”

Reforms To Take Effect This Year

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 makes the following reforms effective this year, according to Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director, White House Office of Health Reform:

·        Preexisting conditions exclusions are eliminated for children.
·        Parents can continue to cover their children until age 26.
·        Insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick (recission), and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage.
·        A temporary subsidized high-risk pool will be available to adults with preexisting conditions.
·        A new, independent appeals process is established that provides consumers in new private plans with access to an effective process to appeal decisions made by their insurer.
·        Discrimination based on salary is outlawed. New group health plans will be prohibited from establishing any eligibility rules for health care coverage that discriminate in favor of higher-wage employees.
·        Small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35% of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.
·        Private plans will be required to provide free preventive care with no co-payments and no deductibles for preventive services.
·        A temporary reinsurance program is established to help offset the costs of premiums for employers and retirees age 55-64.
·        The Medicare Part D 'donut hole' begins to close with a $250 rebate to Medicare beneficiaries who hit the gap in prescription drug coverage.

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