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Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Hails Health Reform As Big Win for Children and Families

A look at the health reform measure passed today through the eyes of a child brought to you by the health coverage experts at the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University.

(PRWEB) March 22, 2010 -- The Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University Released the Following Statement on Health Reform Passed by U.S. House of Representatives Today:

The House of Representatives has taken a historic step today in support of America’s families by passing health reform legislation today.

By creating reliable, affordable coverage options that won’t disappear when a parent becomes sick or loses a job, the legislation protects and strengthens the well-being and financial stability of our nation’s children and their families.

The key provisions for families and children include:

  • Makes coverage more affordable for middle class families by boosting their bargaining power through new health exchanges and providing tax credits to those who need extra help buying insurance.
  • Provides Medicaid coverage to low-income families, allowing children and parents to be covered together.
  • Continues the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which has successfully worked in partnership with Medicaid to drive down the number of uninsured children to its lowest level in over 20 years.
  • Ends insurance companies’ discrimination based on pre-existing conditions. Starting right away, children who have insurance can’t be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition.
  • Allows parents to keep their college-age children (up to age 27*) on their family health plans.
  • Requires insurance companies to provide pediatrician-recommended care for children so they can grow and thrive,

With health reform finally past it’s last big hurdle toward enactment, efforts cannot start soon enough to help America’s families who will be expecting results. As a first win for families, states can reach out to the five million uninsured children who already qualify for Medicaid or CHIP coverage to help sign them up right now.

(* This age has been widely reported as 26 but legislative language indicates that coverage will continue until age 27.)

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