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Children's Health Gets a Boost With Reform

By Dr. Sujatha Prabhakaran

 "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."  Mahatma Ghandi

“If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.”  Pearl S. Buck 

Most of us know about some of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that help children and young people such as, expanding coverage under parents insurance to age 26 years and eliminating preexisting conditions limits for children. 

But there’s a whole lot more for the little ones among us that I bet most people don’t know about: 

  • Requires dental and vision coverage for all children’s health plans
  • Develops quality priorities for children and promotes measurement of quality of care for children
  • Provides for children aging out of foster care until the age of 26 years. 
  • Invest $25 million in initiatives to address childhood obesity
  • Health plans will have to provide no cost preventive services to children including vaccinations and screenings. 

It says a lot about the insurance industry that we must mandate that denying children health care coverage because of a preexisting condition is wrong.   If there is a definition of failing a child, this must be part of it.  

I can’t help but feel we became a greater nation for having passed the Affordable Care Act.   We seem to be getting a lot of help from Affordable Care Act.  

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