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Heath Care Reform Update: Affordable Care Act

Sept. 23, several key child health provisions within the Affordable Care Act took effect:

  • All pediatric well-child visits—including a physical exam, immunizations, hearing and vision screening, developmental and behavioral screening, and anticipatory guidance, in accordance with the Bright Futures periodicity schedule—must be covered by certain insurance plans with no co-pays or deductibles for families.
  • Eligible young adults will be able to remain on their parents’ health insurance up to age 26.
  • The Patient’s Bill of Rights takes effect, which eliminates most annual and lifetime limits on insurance coverage; bans insurers from denying care to children with pre-existing conditions and from dropping coverage when a child or adult becomes ill; and allows parents to designate a pediatrician to treat their child. These provisions apply to different types of insurance at different times.

Website on Health Care Reform

New Consumer-Friendly Website on Health Care Reform

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched a new website designed to help consumers understand the new health reform law, learn more about insurance options, learn about prevention, and compare health care quality.  In addition to providing coverage scenarios based on individual circumstances, it also highlights the issues and benefits of the new law for providers.  To see more, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/.

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