Healthcare Reform to Go into Effect

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Millions of U.S. adults and children will have access to healthcare next week under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a non-profit groups says.

A report by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation in New York supporting independent research on health policy reform, found that among those people who will be helped by the new law right away are:

– 102 million people who currently have lifetime limits on their health insurance and 18 million who have annual limits. Under the ACA, insurers face restrictions on placing such limits on policyholders.

– 1 million young adults will be able to join or remain on their parents’ health insurance policies until they are age 26.

– 10,700 people who have their coverage rescinded, or retroactively cancelled, each year will not be rescinded.

– 200,000 to 400,000 people with pre-existing health conditions will immediately be able to enroll in special pre-existing condition insurance plans.

– Thousands of children with pre-existing conditions may no longer be denied health insurance.

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