Posted by | January 2, 2011 09:40 | Filed under: Top Stories

Major health care reforms have kicked in with the new year. For one thing, insurance companies have to spend at least 80% of of monies they receive from premiums on actual health care, not salaries or overhead.  And senior citizens get improved benefits as of now.

In 2011, the law [now] to close[s] the Medicare Part D coverage gap — the infamous “donut hole.” Seniors who reach the donut hole will now receive a 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs, the first step in a 10 year plan to fill the hole completely. Seniors will also now receive free annual checkups, screenings and other preventive care…Add them to other reforms that have already taken effect — such as a ban on discriminating against children with pre-existing conditions, and the new right parents have of keeping their children on their family insurance plans until they’re 26 years old — and you’re talking about a bunch of stuff that would be very unpopular to repeal.

Here is the timeline of when various provisions kick in.

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