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Not all children protected under health care reform

Posted On Wed, March 24, 2010

The health care reform signed into law yesterday by President Barack Obama has a major flaw in regard to children's health. Those with pre-existing conditions can still be denied coverage by insurance companies.

The Obama administration is working hard to fix this gap in coverage, the Associated Press reports.

Supporters of the reform bill believed the president's health care plan provided broader coverage for children.

When President Obama spoke to House Democrats on Saturday he said, "Parents who are worried about getting coverage for their children with pre-existing conditions now are assured that insurance companies have to give them coverage this year."

Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday they are working on trying to resolve the situation by issuing new regulations, the AP reports. The Obama administration interprets the law to mean that kids can't be denied coverage.

It's not expected that children will benefit from the full coverage of health benefits for at least another four years.

The health care reform bill was widely debated and at least 14 states are threatening to file a federal law suit against it.ADNFCR-2297-ID-19687661-ADNFCR

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