While the bulk of the health reform law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) takes effect in 2014, there are a few meaningful coverage provisions that go into effect this September. These include allowing dependents up to age 26 years to stay on their parents’ health insurance as well as ending the practice of recissions — or dropping coverage for plan subscribers — except in limited circumstances. Now there is more good news for Americans who may fall into those categories. After a well-publicized push from the Obama administration, some health plans are agreeing to comply with these provisions immediately. We’ll be watching to see what other elements of health reform may be implemented early.
Hear more on the politics of health reform implementation and the chances for passing a permanent fix to the Medicare payment crisis in this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast.
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— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)