Saturday, March 27, 2010

Since I have Strep Throat...

It's a good time to post some helpful information about the new healthcare plan!

Momsrising.org emailed me these highlights to begin to clarify what's been approved.

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What are some healthcare highlights for children and families?

This Year - The following is a short list of key, important changes that will happen this year due to the passage of healthcare reform: [1]*

  • Insurance companies will no longer be able to refuse to pay for treatment of children's pre-existing conditions.
  • Health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.
  • Insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage.
  • People who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.
  • Small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.


2014 - The following is a short list of key, important changes that will happen in 2014 due to the passage of healthcare reform: [2]*

  • Insurance companies will be banned from denying health insurance coverage to people of all ages because of pre-existing conditions.
  • Families and children with moderate incomes (up to about $88,000 for a family of four) will be able to get help paying for health insurance coverage.
  • State insurance exchanges will enforce minimum benefit standards for health insurance coverage.
*Want more detailed information? Go here: http://action.momsrising.org/go/how/48?akid=1835.56106.Ujp9Lr&t=6

4 comments:

Jennie Englund said...

That's an excellent re-cap.

I like that our kids will get to stay on our insurance until they're 26.

Anonymous said...

Bummer...So, Dane tagged you with his Strep.
Makes you have to stay in for a day or two; now you can rest up. You have had a VERY busy two+ weeks.
I agree with Jennie. Your re-cap is helpful.
Will we be seeing some pictures of the clay figures?
Love you,
Mom

Michael said...

I JUST SENT YOU A LINK TO A PODCAST OF A TALK GIVEN BY T.R. REID LATE LAST YEAR COMPARING HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD. HE THROWS SOME COLD WATER ON THE ACCUSATIONS THAT WE'LL HAVE A "SOCIALIZED HEALTH SYSTEM" IF WE PASS THE HEALTH BILL. INTERESTING TO SEE WHICH COUNTRIES ACTUALLY HAVE SOCIALIZED HEALTH CARE. THE TRUTH IS MORE NUANCED AND DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE DETRACTORS SAY.
GRANDDAD MIKE

anjie said...

Hi Mike,

I didn't get that link. Maybe it's delayed? It sounds like a really important podcast to hear, though: those distinctions are key to responding to critics. I think this bill could lead the way to a lot less suffering in America.

Anjie