2010-09-23 20:14:58 UTC

New Insurance Reforms Effective Are Effective

Sept. 23, 2010

This week marks six months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted into law, and many insurance reforms are being implemented. Insurers must begin to comply with new rules that:

  • Prevent them from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.
  • Allow parents to keep children on their plans until age 26.
  • Drop insurance when people get sick.
  • Offer preventive screening benefits such as colorectal cancer screenings without cost sharing.

The AGA, along with ACG and ASGE, provided comments on the preventive screening benefits of PPACA and will continue to advocate that patients are given an array of screening options.

Many of these insurance reforms are popular with the American public and on both sides of the aisle despite strong opposition to the overall health-care reform law from Republicans. Today, House Republicans unveiled their overall legislative plan should they regain the majority in November, and have vowed to repeal the PPACA and replace it with market reforms. Even with big gains in the elections in November, repealing the law will be challenging since the president would veto it; gaining 60 votes in the Senate to overturn the veto will be unlikely.

The AGA will continue to monitor the implementation of the PPACA and its impact on gastroenterology and their patients. Continue to look for updates in AGA eDigest and in the AGA Washington Insider.

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