Ten Things Health Care Reform Will Do for You, Now

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President Obama will sign the recently-passed health care bill on Tuesday and the moment he does, ten provisions will go into effect. Here is how health care reform will begin working for Americans come Tuesday.

  • Current uninsured Americans who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition will have immediate access to insurance, although that insurance will be obtained through a temporary high-risk pool.
  • Children who are under the age of 19 will not be able to be excluded from any new insurance plans because of their pre-existing condition.
  • Adult children will be able to remain on their parents’ health insurance policy and remain dependents until the age of 26.
  • Health insurance companies will not be able to drop someone from their coverage when they get sick.
  • Prescription drug prices for seniors will be lowered, making medications more affordable and closing the “donut hole” for Medicare patients.
  • Small businesses will now be entitled to a tax credit for 2009 and 2010. This tax credit could actually wind up being as much as 50% of what was paid for employees’ health insurance.
  • Lifetime limits and annual caps on coverage will be eliminated.
  • All health care insurers must post their balance sheets on the internet as well as fully disclose their administrative costs, executive compensation packages and benefit payments.
  • Free preventative services and immunizations for all Americans.
  • Consumers will have access to an effective internal and external appeals process, giving them to opportunity and responsibility to appeal new insurance plan decisions.

4 thoughts on “Ten Things Health Care Reform Will Do for You, Now”

  1. Congratulations to all americans. This is the best thing that has happened to your inhabitants in a long time. Now people of (almost) all social classes will be able to have help when they need it. Maybe you can call it socialistic, but I call it humane to want to take care of your fellow citizens.

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