Tuesday, May 18, 2010

When do the health reforms start? The answer: it depends

We're receiving many questions from consumers on when they can access the new health benefits - from adding their adult kids to their coverage, to getting coverage from the new high risk pool. We wish there was a 'one-size fits all' answer. Believe me, it would make it easier for all of us!

For now, we're updating a general timeline on what takes effect and when. The answer for many will depend on what type of health plan they have and when they or their employer enrolled in the plan. Here's the timeline today.

We're also updating our frequently asked questions and answers almost daily as new information becomes available, so check back early and often. If you or someone you know has questions about the new law, give us a call at 1-800-562-6900 or e-mail AskMike@oic.wa.gov

Updates to health reform pages

As federal health reform becomes a reality, with a lot of fast-paced, detailed rulemaking, we've been trying to stay up to speed on what the bill means for you -- and when.

We've posted extensive information on the state's planned new high risk pool, whether your health plan can charge out-of-pocket costs for preventive care, detail about extending adult children's health coverage to age 26, and so on.

It's broken down by both timeline -- some of the changes take effect as soon as Sept. 23rd, others won't be implemented until 2014 -- and by who's affected. There are sub-pages for working families, early retirees, children, seniors, small businesses, hospitals and health providers, etc.

Here's the link. Take a look.