Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday.
However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.
In recent speeches, Obama has given the impression that the immediate benefit for kids is much more robust.
Oh, now how did this problem come about?
FWIW, the Obama administration says the bill says exactly what it wants it to say and that the administration is preparing regulations to remove the "ambiguity."
I wonder how many more loopholes lurk in this 2000+ pages of gobbledygook that had who knows how many last-minute changes made to it.
Edited by Palisade, 24 March 2010 - 01:47 AM.