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Immediate effects of health reform bills

The NYT Prescriptions Blog [1]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