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Insurance companies do not have to provide insurance for children with pre-existing conditions until 2014.

It seems in their haste to pass this bill, they neglected to make the language clear. oops.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/29/health/policy/29health.html

 
AngelDawn7

Asked by AngelDawn7 at 2:30 PM on Mar. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jYnajhWrPEXihcCrpRNfUKN7rN-AD9EOKJ0O2
    It is now being fixed...
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    That is very generous of the INS companies, they could have fought this. Guess they aren't such big bad Ins co. as they were made out to be.

    "The insurance industry says it won't fight President Barack Obama over fixing a coverage gap for kids in the new health care law.

    In a letter Monday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the industry's top lobbyist says insurers will accept new regulations to dispel uncertainty over a much publicized guarantee that children with pre-existing medical problems can get coverage starting this year.

    The president of America's Health Insurance Plans said the industry will "fully comply" with the regulations..."
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 10:15 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • AngelDawn7

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 2:30 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • That's right folks. It ain't in the bill!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:50 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • WRONG! It starts THIS year. "People with pre-existing conditions could seek coverage in high-risk insurance pools run by states or by the secretary of health and human services." That was made very clear from the beginning. You just weren't listening; only looking for SOMETHING to pick at. I for one don't mind paying extra to insure my "pre-existing condition" kid. And anyone who thinks they would not have to pay more is foolish.

    NightPhoenix

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 3:29 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Apparently, you did not read the article. I'm not the one saying this. The insurance industry is. Those in office screwed up the language of the bill, so now the insurance companies have a way out until 2014.
    AngelDawn7

    Answer by AngelDawn7 at 3:34 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Looks like alot of people disagree with you night.

    Such as Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.
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    Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That's the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 3:38 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Did you think this stuff is in effect now? Didn't you listen to the discussion or read the bill? That is why I don't understand the rush to pass. It doesn't take effect for 4 years. The only thing we get now is the priviledge to pay now. Isn't that nice of them?
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:22 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.

    Late Tuesday, the administration said HHS Secretary Sebelius would try to resolve the situation by issuing new regulations. The Obama administration interprets the law to mean that kids can't be denied coverage, as the president has said repeatedly.

    link below --
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 7:19 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Gap-in-health-care-laws-apf-4272209396.html?x=0&.v=1


    I find it odd that the legislation has to be rewritten to reflect what the Pres wants it to say.
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 7:20 PM on Mar. 29, 2010

  • WRONG! It starts THIS year. "People with pre-existing conditions could seek coverage in high-risk insurance pools run by states or by the secretary of health and human services." That was made very clear from the beginning. You just weren't listening; only looking for SOMETHING to pick at.

    You poor thing. This has been linked for you repeatedly all week. They FORGOT to put that in the bill. Nobody read it before they signed it, including Obama, to know they FORGOT to put it in. Google is your friend. I'm sorry the president lied to you, but you should be used to it by now.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:44 PM on Mar. 29, 2010