Health Care Reform Is Helping Children

Health care reform celebrated its first anniversary on March 23. While the legislation is still marred by continuing controversy and questions, there is a clear group already benefiting from it: children.

Many parts of health care reform are not yet in effect. However, a number of measures were put in place immediately for children including two significant protections.

One of the major benefits for children is the ban on dropping or denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions. Parents of children with medical issues can have peace of mind knowing vital medical procedures and treatments will not cost their child his or her insurance. A second major benefit is that parents can now cover their children through their own health insurance through age 26.

Young adults, in the past, have usually gone without medical insurance and this measure helps to eliminate what has often been a major gap in coverage.

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