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Published: 05/11/10

Health Reform Law: Coverage for Adult Children Begins This Fall

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Health Reform Law: Coverage for Adult Children Begins This Fall

One of the early benefits offered by the new health insurance reform law, coverage for children up to age 26 on their parents' policies, will take effect in late September or sooner under rules rolled out by the White House. In some cases, those parents will have to pay extra. Until 2014, when insurers will be barred from charging more to those with pre-existing medical conditions, plans can consider a young adult's condition when deciding on a family's premium, the Washington Post said Tuesday. And group plans that already take into account the number of children covered could charge more fo...

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Published: 04/23/10

Paying the Price for Maternity -- Till Health Reform Kicks In

By  Sarah Wildman - Politics Daily
Paying the Price for Maternity -- Till Health Reform Kicks In

Maybe, in four years or so, the e-mails will stop coming. Maybe, in four years, women will stop Googling "women + maternity + individual insurance" or "pregnancy + individual market" and then writing to me, telling their stories, plaintively asking for help finding health insurance that covers pregnancy and childbirth on the individual market. In 2014 insurance reform fully kicks in, and with it the maternity care loophole in the individual insurance market should close. Until then, I field the messages, commiserate, and see if I can connect these women to resources. I feel I owe it to t...

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Published: 04/23/10

Sebelius to Insurer WellPoint: Stop Dropping Breast Cancer Patients

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Sebelius to Insurer WellPoint: Stop Dropping Breast Cancer Patients

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has asked insurance giant WellPoint to stop its reported practice of canceling coverage for patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer. In a letter to WellPoint's CEO, Sebelius wrote she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn from a Reuters investigation that the Indiana-based company has "specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with intent to cancel their policies." "As you know, the practice described in this article will soon be illegal," Sebelius wrote to CEO Angela Braly. "The ...

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Published: 04/4/10

So You Want To Be a Sword Swallower?

By  David Moye - AOL News
So You Want To Be a Sword Swallower?

(April 4) -- So you want to be a sword swallower? Well, chew on this: For all the babes you may get -- and you will get a lot, according to professional sword swallower Murrugun the Mystic -- the downside is that you are very unlikely to benefit from Barack Obama's new health care plan. "I can't get health insurance," Murrugun admitted. "They consider what I do to be an 'act of suicide.' " That is why it is not recommended that anyone try sword swallowing at home (or anywhere else). http://xml.channel.aol.com/xmlpublisher/fetch.v2...

Published: 04/3/10

'Will an Insurance Mandate Affect Me?' and More Readers' Questions Answered

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
'Will an Insurance Mandate Affect Me?' and More Readers' Questions Answered

Welcome to Round Two of answering the most frequently asked questions from PD readers about the new health care bill. We'll be tackling more as the week goes on, including an explanation of new taxes coming from the bill. But today's installment focuses on the individual mandate and whether veterans will be affected by the legislation. Wanda asks, "Please tell me how this new health care is going to work...If I have to get insurance, will it be offered somewhere I can afford it?" Hi Wanda. The first thing to know is that you will have to buy insurance within the next four years. If you don'...

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Published: 03/23/10

Health Reform: A Year-by-Year Rundown of What Happens and When

By  Jill Lawrence - Politics Daily
Health Reform: A Year-by-Year Rundown of What Happens and When

The historic health overhaul that President Obama signed on Tuesday (in advance of further "fixes" in a reconciliation bill) will make sweeping changes in our health system. They include new consumer protections, expanded coverage of the uninsured, penalties for people and businesses who don't buy insurance, attempts to control rising costs, and Medicare savings and new taxes to pay for it all. Here is a year-by-year look at what's in store, assuming final Senate passage later this week of a package of amendments to the landmark bill both chambers already have passed: 2010 Adults who can't g...

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Published: 03/16/10

The Reasons Have Changed for Opponents of the Health Care Plan

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
The Reasons Have Changed for Opponents of the Health Care Plan

As the health care battle nears its conclusion, it's interesting to look back at a poll Gallup released last week that, beyond the overall for-and-against percentages, asked respondents to say in their own words the reasons for their positions. The survey, conducted March 4-7, found a much greater shift in the reasons motivating opponents of the health care plan than it did among supporters. Twenty percent of opponents said the plan would raise the cost of insurance and make it less affordable, up from 9 percent who said that in September 2009. Nineteen percent said the plan "does not addres...

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Published: 01/26/10

The Health Care Divide: Dems That Have, and Dems That Don't

By  Donna Trussell - Politics Daily
The Health Care Divide: Dems That Have, and Dems That Don't

There's a civil war going on among Democrats in the so-called heartland. Here in the Midwest, Democrats agree on most things. We were thrilled to usher in the first African-American president. We are largely pro-choice, we're OK with gay marriage, and we hate Rush Limbaugh with the passion of 10,000 suns. But when it comes to the health care reform bills working their way through Congress, Democrats fall into two distinct camps....

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Published: 01/8/10

Why the Land of the Free Is So Conflicted About Health Care

By  Joann M. Weiner - Politics Daily
Why the Land of the Free Is So Conflicted About Health Care

America really is the best. OK, so I'm exaggerating to make a point. But I do believe that America is the best in some ways. And this analysis is my guiding light as I wend my way through the whole health care debate. I understand that America is the only industrialized country in the world that does not provide some version of universal health care coverage for its residents; this fact is quite shameful. My colleague, Delia Lloyd, an American who three years ago moved to the United Kingdom with her family, wrote that "there is a lot to be said for socialized medicine" and that she "thanks her...

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