Washington, D.C. -- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today released the following statement regarding the implementation of the Patient's Bill of Rights.
"Today, significant consumer protection provisions included in health care reform take effect. Health care companies can no longer deny coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, cancel insurance policies when people become ill, or kick young adults off their parents' coverage before age 26. These strong reforms will help people across New Hampshire."
For plan years beginning on or after September 23, 2010, all privately-insured Americans will have the following protections:
* Health coverage can no longer be cancelled if a person becomes sick
* Children cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition
* Young adults up to age 26 can stay on their parents' health plan
* Health insurance companies cannot put a lifetime limit on health coverage
* Restrictions will be places on health plans' annual limits