Monday, November 9, 2009

House Passes Health Reform Bill

After a late Saturday session, the House passed H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act.

The bill includes a public-run health plan, which is expected to cause controversy in the Senate.

Below are a few highlights of the bill:
  • Estimated cost: $1.05 trillion
  • Includes a government-run health plan option that will compete with private insurers in a health care exchange
  • Prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage or increasing premiums based on pre-existing conditions
  • Provides subsidies to individuals and families receiving income at up to 400% of the poverty level
  • Provides tax credits to some small businesses that provide coverage to their employees
  • Prohibits lifetime caps on insurance coverage
  • Expands Medicaid eligibility
  • Prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions, except in the cases of rape, incest, or danger to the mother's life

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