President's Prescription For Health Care Reform Taking Effect

2:51 PM, Sep 23, 2010   |    comments
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Triad, NC -- Twenty-two-year old Stephanie Verre is about to feel relief.

The college junior got kicked off her parents' health insurance plan last year. She picked up supplemental insurance for a couple hundred dollars a month.

"It's expensive," said Verre. "And you're basically working just to pay your bills, you don't have anything leftover."

But now, Verre can return to her parents' plan. "I won't have to pay the money," she said. "It'll be a whole heck of a lot easier."

Director of the Elon Poll, Hunter Bacot, said Verre won't be the only one saving money.

Bacot notes people in her age group generally don't seek as much preventive care, and often rely on emergency rooms.

"If they don't have insurance, we the public pay for it," said Bacot. "If they do have insurance, the insurance carrier pays for it."

Bacot did note there are losers under the new scenario: insurers lose potential new customers who could be buying their own plans.

Also under health care reform:

Insurers can't deny coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions.

Insurers can't cancel coverage for people who get sick.

The plan provides free immunization for kids.

The plan provides free preventive care, including mammograms and cholesterol screenings.

Lifetime coverage limits go away, annual limits begin to phase out.

WFMY News 2

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