Immediate effects of health reform bills

The NYT Prescriptions Blog offers a quick look at some of the more immediate benefits of the health care reform bills. Among them:

* Parents can immediately keep dependent children on their health plans up to age 26
* No annual or lifetime limits in health plans
* New limits on insurance company profits
* Community health center funding
* Closing Medicare drug “doughnut hole”
* Small business tax credits to help buy health insurance
* Temporary expansion of state high risk pools


  1. Jonathan

    January 15, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The original NYT blog was posted Dec. 28. Since then, some of these so-called benefits are likely to be out of the bill (according to the usual suspects). One of the goners is the ban on lifetime limits. The annual limits are still banned, but the lifetime limits may have a new life of their own.
    Similarly, the end of the doughnut hole isn’t all or none. There is a proposal for brand name drugs to be paid for at 50% of their retail price, excluding generics, which would cost consumers more (less than if the doughnut hole were to continue, but more than if generics were available as soon as they hit the market), even if the doughnut hole is nominally sealed.
    There is nothing this administration and this Congress would not do to get this bill, any bill, passed. They never met a health insurer or drug manufacturer they wouldn’t subsidize. It appears that passing something is more important than passing something worthwhile.

  2. Adam Searing

    January 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks Jonathan – although I would say that things are still up in the air at them moment.

  3. James

    January 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    I’ve switched my opinion again, not that it matters, but the more I learn about the sausage, the stinkier it gets.

  4. Lou Meyers

    January 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

    This isn’t reform — it’s a very expensive tweak of a miserable heath care system.

    The Dems have failed to deliver. Start over!

  5. Joe Ciulla

    January 18, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I’ll admit that I am not well-versed on much of the detail within the house and senate proposals. But I do recognize that health care costs are spiraling out of control, and that too many people cannot afford coverage.

    I am really concerned by some of the deals that have reported which were made to get the legislation through. Most recently, I read that the President had made a deal with unions, exempting them from the benefits “luxury tax” until 2018. Is there another side to this story that the conservative pundits are not telling?

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  7. Event SE

    October 2, 2010 at 11:32 am

    It will be great if all experts wrote such a list of benefits from this reform. In such a way we could see the real picture.

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