The Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of guidelines setting out to end discrimination against the sick, and guarantee minimum benefits for Americans who currently are not covered by health insurance but will be once the new health care law is enacted January 1, 2014.
The guidelines, released by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, give more detail as to how the Obama Administration will allow access to healthcare to those with pre-existing conditions and how health insurance exchanges work. In addition, proposed rules about new consumer protections for wellness and preventative healthcare coverage was also laid out.
December 14 is the deadline for states to tell the federal government if they plan on participating in the health care exchange program, which will offer consumers private insurance at subsidized rates beginning in October with open enrollment. So far, 17 states have agreed to participate in the exchange program.
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