Do you have a child under 19 years old? He or she can't be denied health care coverage because of a "pre-existing condition." A pre-existing condition is a health problem that was discovered or treated before applying for the coverage. This applies whether your child was covered under a different plan or had no coverage at all.
Here's what's different
In the past, health plans could limit or deny benefits or coverage for children because of a pre-existing condition.
How it impacts you
Now your health plan can't deny your child's coverage because of a health problem or disability that developed before you applied for coverage.
My 13-year old daughter was hospitalized with asthma recently. My health plan denied payment for the hospitalization. They said that, under our policy, my daughter's asthma is considered a pre-existing condition. Is that right?
No. Under the new law, the health plan can't deny payment for the hospitalization based on your daughter's pre-existing asthma condition.
Does this law apply whether or not my child already had coverage?
Yes. Under any circumstance, your health plan can't deny coverage for your child based on a pre-existing condition.
Does the law apply to an individual health policy I bought for my family in 2011?
Yes. However, it does not apply to grandfathered individual health policies bought before March 23, 2010.
What can I do if my plan tries to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition?
Under the Affordable Care Act, you have the right to appeal.
I am 30 years old. Does this law apply to me?
No, not yet. But in 2014, this protection will be extended to Americans of all ages.