RWJF Policy Brief Outlines Immediate Effects of Health Reform

Health reform measures recently enacted by Congress are the focus of a new policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed to summarize and provide a time line for the reforms taking place in 2010 and 2011. The brief is called “Near-Term Changes in Health Insurance.”

The reforms are aimed at increasing access to affordable insurance, reducing the number of uninsured people, and reforming both the health insurance market and the health care delivery system.

While most reforms will take place in 2014, this brief, according to an RWJF announcement, “examines provisions that will go into effect in the near-term, including provisions that institute, provide and ensure:

  • Temporary access to insurance for people with preexisting conditions;
  • No preexisting condition restrictions for children;
  • Restrictions on certain insurance practices;
  • Reporting requirements;
  • A small-business tax credit;
  • Expanded dependent coverage;
  • Coverage and access provisions;
  • Expanding access to information on health insurance;
  • Retirees’ access to health insurance; and
  • Access to long-term care insurance.”

Click here to read the policy brief, “Near-Term Changes in Health Insurance.”