While we are all wrapped up in the individual mandate discussion that was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, let's not forget what else the Affordable Health Care Act also provides.
Here are the Key Provisions:
1) PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS: No child will be denied insurance based on pre-existing health conditions.
2) COVERAGE FOR YOUNG ADULTS: Young adults can now remain insured through their parents' health insurance plan until the age of 26.
3) PREVENTIVE CARE SERVICES: Insurers must cover preventative care for children--well-child visits, vision and hearing tests, development screenings--without requiring co-payments, deductibles or co-insurance.
4) SPENDING LIMITS: Insurance companies cannot limit their expenditures for a child on their health plan over a lifetime. Annual limits will no longer be allowed after the year 2014.
5) PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND: The Public Health Services Act will be funded to invest in prevention and public health programs.
While the individual mandate, which is a tax on those that do not have insurance, remains unpopular, when asked, most Americans support the provisions mentioned above.