President Obama just signed the landmark health care reform bill. What exactly do these changes mean for moms? Here are the top 10 changes you need to know about ... now.
What Health Care Reform Means to Moms
Young Adults Up to Age 26 Can Remain on Parents' Insurance
Young adults up to the age of 26 will be eligible to remain on their families' health insurance plans. (Right now, the cut-off is 22 years old.)
No More Pre-Existing Conditions
Every Job Will Now Offer Insurance
No More Lifetime Caps
Lifetime caps on the amount of insurance a person can have will be banned in 2014.
Checkups Will Have No Co-Pays
Annual check-ups will have no co-pays by 2018.
Sick People Won't Pay More
Insurers won't be able to charge higher premiums to people who are sick.
Insurers Can't Cancel Sick People's Insurance
Insurance companies will no longer be able to drop someone when she gets sick.
Restaurants Will Display Calorie Counts
All chain restaurants will be required to display a "nutrient content disclosure statement" on their menus.
By 2014, most Americans would be required to have health insurance or pay a fine, with the exception of low-income Americans. (Families of four who make lower than $29,327 a year would be eligible for Medicaid, starting in 2014.)
What It Will Cost You
The plan will cost an estimated $940 million. Congress and the president have said that most of it will be paid for through various tax increases on individuals that earn more than $250,000 a year, as well as through decreases in Medicare reimbursements to doctors and hospitals.
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