US Health Care: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect

By on Sep 23, 2010 in United States, World Comments

The US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect today, September 23, 2010.

The said act will be implemented by US law, and millions of Americans will benefit from a more affordable health care service.

According to the Whitehouse website, ‘this health reform makes health care more affordable, holds insurers more accountable, expands coverage to all Americans and makes our health system sustainable.’

This Affordable Care Act passed by US Congress and was signed by President Barrack Obama on March 2010.

While it will not be implemented fully immediately, portions of the law have already taken effect, which includes provisions that implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights.

This will put an end to some of the worst insurance company practices.

With the new law, insurance companies can no longer ban lifetime limits on the amount of coverage enrollees receive, which will make American families live with the security of knowing that their coverage will be there when they need it most.

The new health care law also allows young adults to remain on their parent’s plan until their 26th birthday, unless their work offers the same coverage.

Parents will also be glad to know that the new law prevents insurance companies from denying coverage to children below 19 due to a pre-existing condition.

As US President Barrack Obama wrote in a letter published at Whitehouse website, “The Affordable Care Act is already making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.”



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