Children's Health Coverage

President Barack Obama's top health care official is putting health insurers on notice that the new health overhaul law does indeed require them to cover kids with medical problems.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is seeking to dispel any uncertainty over a much-publicized benefit created by the law.

Whether the sternly worded letter Sebelius issued will settle any disputes remains to be seen.

The fine print of the law appears to have been less than completely clear on whether kids with health problems are guaranteed coverage starting this year. If there's a problem, some parents and their children may have to wait four more years for full protection.


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  • by canadian on Mar 30, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    obama snake, have you ever stayed in a hospital in canada?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Mar 30, 2010 at 05:57 PM
    Care enough to have a really low life expectancy? If we are so great, why are the Japanese living longer than us? If we are so great, why is out infantile mortality rate higher than the Czech Republic!! Great system we have, but only for those who are able to pay. what a joke.
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2010 at 04:48 PM
    Derek, you know, your spin could generate electricity to heat several trailers in NC. I have been to both countries....you feeling me....hooey!!! The US is number one regardless of you spittin liberal web sites post. Ok, you are a good sheep and follow the flock...in November, don't follow the rest down the cliff, try to think for yourself. The service is great, if you live in those countries, if you can live long enough to get it. Wellcome to Obamacare, die hear, we care!
  • by US citizen for now Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2010 at 02:58 PM
    Camp Obamacare is bad for all of us including children. Obama asked Caterpillar in IL how are they doing regarding expectations from the new bill and here's their reaction as well as others!!! Well, Caterpillar was quick to inform the markets exactly what ObamaCare meant for its bottom line. Caterpillar announced that ObamaCare would raise its insurance costs by at least 20 percent -- or more than $100 million -- just in the first year of the healthcare overhaul program. And Caterpillar was not alone. Other Fortune 500 firms quickly followed suit announcing ObamaCare hits to their bottom line including: Deere & Co., $150 million; AK Steel, $31 million; 3M, $90 million; Valero Energy, $20 million; and AT&T, $1 billion. The consulting firm Towers Watson tells the Wall Street Journal that the total hit this year will reach nearly $14 billion. You see what's happening to America? This is not good.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    Since when is health a privilege and not a right? Why should I be punished for having a genetic disorder (ie: preexisting condition) when I had no control over it? Where are the right to lifers on this issue? they save babies but they don't care about how healthy you are after you are born?
  • by Derek Location: Greenville on Mar 30, 2010 at 01:42 PM
    Dave have you ever been to Toronto or London? I have and I have to say Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital is world class, the same with Sunnybrook. I believe I counted 5 or 6 hospitals within a short walking distance and their triage centres are run very well (much better than here at PCMH) Now comparatively, there is no dedicated children's hospital here in Greenville, but I do recommend that if you haven't seen for your eyes the hospitals in Toronto or London, maybe use some other facilities to use as part of your rhetoric. Oh, speaking of the best health care system in the world, when was the last time we ranked high in quality care, infantile death rates, and life expectancy?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    Barlow, then you should quit your job...obviously, them make a profit or you have a state/federal leech job, that relies on those that do.
  • by Fred Location: Washington on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:24 PM
    Russ, You have been paying for uninsured patients for years, via taxes and increased premiums. All the monies form increased premiums go directly into profits for the insurance companies.
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Mar 30, 2010 at 12:20 PM
    Barlow...does the Federal Government treat Medicare and Medicaid patients? NO!! Of course they don't. Does Greenville Utilities make electricity? NO!! It is insurance. Just like house insurance. It is there for the very few times if EVER you need major treatment. I do not understand how people can treat the MOST VALUABLE things in their lives as the things that require the least attention and money. Healthcare, if you want quality, is VERY expensive and should be. It is the most valuable thing you can ever buy. People have no problem buying the latest phones, huge houses, video games, high dollar cars but complain when they have to spend for the one thing that can provide for the safety and comfort of their family. If I ever had to go into debt for the health and safety of my child, I would make my monthly payment with JOY knowing that my child got the best the world could offer.
  • by Data Man on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    When you have a child not living in your home the state makes you provided health care insurance. So they should do the same when the child is in your home! I really like what Obama is doing to get this insurance in order. He has my vote for sure!
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