Big week for Health Care Reform

Happy half-birthday to Health Care Reform! Tomorrow is not only the first full day of Fall, but also marks the 6 month anniversary for the Affrordable Health Care Act signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The 6-month anniversary marks one of the first steps for noticeable changes for us.

Effective for health plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010:

  • --young adults will be allowed to stay on their parent’s plan until they turn 26 years old;

  • All new plans must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance;

  • Under the new law, insurance companies will be prohibited from imposing lifetime dollar limits on essential benefits, like hospital stays;

  • Under the new law, insurance companies’ use of annual dollar limits on the amount of insurance coverage a patient may receive will be restricted for new plans in the individual market and all group plans. In 2014, the use of annual dollar limits on essential benefits like hospital stays will be banned for new plans in the individual market and all group plans.

Check out www.healthcare.gov for more information.

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