Several key aspects of the healthcare reform legislation that was passed by Congress six months ago went into effect Sept. 23. Some of the changes include protections against denying coverage for children with pre-existing conditions, coverage for young adults up to 26 and elimination of lifetime caps.
The Affordable Health Care Act was praised by the American Heart Association (AHA), which said that millions of Americans will benefit from the new set of guidelines for health-insurance providers to follow.
Earlier this week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said that health insurance companies in some states are backtracking on their previous pledge to write new policies to accommodate children with pre-existing conditions. Pelosi's statement comes amidst a plan from Congressional Republicans that aims to repeal segments of the bill.
"Under reform, families of these children have new options, but this reversal of their promise reinforces why a whole slate of new patients' rights must not be rolled back by Congressional Republicans — because time after time, insurance companies will place profits over patients," Pelosi said.
According to MSNBC.com, Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) believes that the public will support a sweeping change to the healthcare law, although he admitted that it will be difficult to achieve this because of President Barack Obama's authority to veto legislation.