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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now underway. Insurance marketplaces known as exchanges are online and millions of Americans are enrolling in what were previously unobtainable insurance products. Although the ACA’s major thrust is to provide coverage for the uninsured, the ACA is also benefitting children by eliminating restrictions on preexisting conditions, limiting lifetime benefit caps, extending coverage of young adults on their parents’ policies to age 26 years, and insuring more parents.
Cheng TL, Wise PH, Halfon N. Promise and Perils of the Affordable Care Act for Children. JAMA. 2014;311(17):1733-1734. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.930