September 23rd: Six Months in to the Affordable Care Act

Posted By on September 23rd, 2010 at 1:25 pm | 805 comments.

On September 23, 2010, the new Patients’ Bill of Rights protections kick into gear, adding to the number of individuals and families benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.¬†¬†Starting now, these changes go into effect:

  • Children with pre-existing conditions will be able to get insurance coverage for their health care needs.
  • New private insurance plans will be required to cover preventive services, screenings and tests, without co-pays
  • Women will be able to go directly to their OB/GYN without a referral, removing that extra step
  • Your choice of primary care doctor is protected
  • Insurers are prohibited from charging extra when you need emergency care outside the plan’s network

The website includes a brief summary of the new restrictions for insurers and new rights for consumers that begin to take effect now.

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