Coalition Highlights Health Care Reform Benefits
In anticipation of the six-month anniversary of the enactment of the Federal Health Care Reform Bill, a Richmond based think tank and a coalition of consumer advocates are highlighting some of the provisions of the package that will take effect this week. Craig Carper reports.
Health Care for All Virginians, also known as the HAV Coalition, is a group of 68 organizations representing consumers, health providers and health-related trade associations. The group is working with the Commonwealth Institute, a non-profit non-partisan group, to tell Virginians about some of the benefits of the health care reform bill that will become law starting Thursday.
Among these are bans on pre-existing condition exclusions for children under the age of 19, arbitrary rescissions of insurance coverage, lifetime limits on coverage and annual dollar limits on coverage. Also beginning Thursday, young adults under the age of 26 will be able to gain coverage on their parents’ plans.
Jill Henkins, Staff Attorney from the Virginia Poverty Law Center.
Henkins: People don’t understand exactly what’s in the bill and how it’s going to help them. As more and more people learn about the details of health reform, they come around and realize that this is actually a good thing.
This is just the first phase in implementation of the Federal Health Care Reform Bill; additional phases will occur over the next several years, with full implementation completed in 2015.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square