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Highlights from the New Health Care Bill

The massive health care reform bill passed -- so what does that mean for you and your family, and when will all these changes happen? compiled a list of the new health care highlights for children and families.

This Year:

-Insurance companies will no longer be able to refuse to pay for treatment of children's pre-existing conditions.

-Health care plans will allow young people to remain on their parents' insurance policy up until their 26th birthday.

-Insurance companies will be banned from dropping people from coverage when they get sick, and they will be banned from implementing lifetime caps on coverage.

-People who are uninsured because of pre-existing conditions will have access to affordable insurance through a temporary subsidized high-risk pool.

-Small businesses that choose to offer coverage will begin to receive tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums to help make employee coverage more affordable.

In 2014:

-Insurance companies will be banned from denying health insurance coverage to people of all ages because of pre-existing conditions.

-Families and children with moderate incomes (up to about $88,000 for a family of four) will be able to get help paying for health insurance coverage.

-State insurance exchanges will enforce minimum benefit standards for health insurance coverage.

Read more detailed information on the new health care bill.