Improving Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

While the success of the Affordable Care Act remains to be seen, there is no shortage of ways in which the Federal Government hopes to improve coverage.

The following is a sampling of some statutory provisions (42 U.S.C. sections 300gg-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12) designed to make American health better.

  1. Guaranteed issuance of coverage in the individual and group market
  2. Guaranteed renewability of coverage
  3. Prohibition of preexisting condition exclusions or other discrimination based on health status
  4. Prohibiting discrimination against individual participants and beneficiaries based on health status
  5. Parity in mental health and substance use disorder benefits
  6. Comprehensive health insurance coverage
  7. Prohibition on excessive waiting periods
  8. Coverage for individuals participating in approved clinical trials
  9. Disclosure of information
  10. No lifetime or annual limits
  11. Prohibition on rescissions

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