I am late to the news, but so far reported on healthcare law implementation:
1. www.HealthCare.gov, a new online portal where anyone can go to find insurance options in their state, went live. It’s a very handy resource for information that used to be difficult to find. It’s available to help millions who need insurance find it, and as a resource for those who want to shop around for new options or find out their new benefits under the new law.
2. States are starting to create new insurance pools for hundreds of thousands of people with serious medical conditions who had previously been unable to get insurance. Federal grants to help with setup are on their way to states right now.
3. In June, 80,000 checks were mailed to seniors to help with prescription drug costs not covered by Medicare.
And of course, many of the key insurance reforms—allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until age 26, and making it illegal to deny a child or baby insurance because of a “pre-existing condition”—have already started to take effect.
Now, many of the major reforms—the new health insurance exchanges, an end to pre-existing condition discrimination for adults, and more—have yet to go into effect.