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Patient "Bill of Rights" takes effect todayPosted Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 10:40 AM
Six months after President Barack Obama signed national healthcare reform legislation, a provision referred to by advocates as the "Patient's Bill of Rights" takes effect today.
New rules that begin today include:
*Adult children up to age 26 will be able to receive dependent coverage.
*Lifetime limits on the dollar value of insurance coverage are now prohibited.
*New restrictions are placed on anual limits for coverage and limits will no longer be allowed at all by 2014.
*Insurance companies can no longer exclude children from coverage due to pre-existing conditions.
*Insurance companies can no longer charge copays for preventative care, like annual check ups and immunizations.
*Insurance companies can not cancel coverage, unless the policy holder commits fraud.
To learn more, visit http://www.healthcare.gov/
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