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A Note of Caution on Health Care

The first round of changes from the March health-care reform law take effect today. Yesterday, President Obama, speaking from a Falls Church backyard, touted the impact of the changes and listened to guests explain how they will benefit.

NPR, however, presents a less optimistic take on what the next few years of health care is America could look like:

[Jamie] Court, the consumer advocate, says he’s happy the law now says policies can’t be rescinded unless companies can prove that a policyholder lied on his or her application, but that until 2014, when the requirement for everyone to have insurance kicks in, he’s still worried that rescissions could continue.

“It’s a great thing, but it’s not a panacea,” he said. “Words in a bill don’t mean enough to insurance companies until they’re backed up by a lot of big verdicts or the wrath of a regulator.”

What kind of lies can prompt an insurer to rescind a patient’s insurance? One example in the NPR story has a patient losing her insurance because the height she reported on her application was an inch off her measured height and her weight five pounds different.

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