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joebiden
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Millions Gain Coverage Today!
Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans will be­gin re­ceiv­ing health in­sur­ance cov­er­age un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act on Wednes­day af­ter years of con­tention and a roll­out hob­bled by de­lays and tech­ni­cal prob­lems. The de­ci­sive­ly new mo­ment in the ef­fort to over­haul the coun­try’s health care sys­tem will test the law’s cen­tral prem­ise: that ex­tend­ing cov­er­age to far more Amer­i­cans will im­prove the na­tion’s health and help many avoid crip­pling med­ical bills. Start­ing Wednes­day, health in­sur­ance com­pa­nies can no longer de­ny cov­er­age to peo­ple with pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions and can­not charge high­er pre­mi­ums to women than to men for the same cov­er­age. In most cases, in­sur­ers must pro­vide a stand­ard set of bene­fits pre­scribed by fed­eral law and reg­u­la­tions. And they can­not set dol­lar lim­its on what they spend on “es­sen­tial health bene­fits” for a poli­cy­holder.
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