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What does Health Reform mean for me?
last updated:
Tue, 4/06/2010 12:07 PM

Last week,  President Obama signed the healthcare reform bill - the Healthcare and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. His signature was the last step and officially sets healthcare reform into law.

We have been asked a number of questions about the healthcare reform law and we'd like to give you the information to better understand the major provisions impacting hospitals as well as additional information that may be of interest to you. The Health Reform Timeline covers immediate changes through 2018. We've compiled a list of health reform changes that affect hospitals, including Methodist Healthcare. You may also be interested in some of the other changes coming this year.

Effective Immediately 

  • Insurance companies will be prevented from placing lifetime caps on policies.
  • Insurance companies will not be able to drop a patient’s insurance if he/she gets sick.
  • One-year, $250 Medicare drug rebate will be offered for Medicare recipients to help pay for prescription medications.

Effective 90 Days after Enactment

  • A temporary high risk pool will be created for individuals with pre-existing conditions who have been uninsured for at least six months until something permanent is established for this population.
  • A temporary reinsurance program will be created for employers to provide insurance to retirees over age 55 who are not eligible for Medicare. (Until state-exchanges are available).

Effective Six Months after Enactment

  • Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to children (up to 19 years of age) because of pre-existing medical conditions.
  • Insurance companies will have to provide coverage for dependent children up to age 26.
  • Health insurance plans will be required to cover preventive services such as immunizations for children and cancer screenings for women.s

There is much more to the law than what we have listed here. The regulatory rules to implement these changes are currently being proposed by federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services. We will continue to monitor and communicate changes that impact our hospitals and the patients and families we serve in the weeks and months to come.  As always, we will adjust to change while remaining dedicated to you, to our mission and to our vision.

Taking Charge of My Health
last updated:
Thu, 4/01/2010 11:28 AM

What can I do about my health? Don't wait until 2011 to make a new year's resolution. Today is the best day to start! Taking charge of your health is the best way to live the healthy life you want. Know your options. Pay attention to your body. And, communicate with your healthcare provider. That’s us. We’ve brought together physicians from our hospitals and outpatient locations to share information with you about how you can be prepared and informed for any experience with us at Methodist Healthcare.

We want to work with you and your family to provide the best quality of care. Our specialty areas, The Neuroscience Institute, The Transplant Institute, The Cancer Center and The Cardiovascular Institute, help us provide superior quality healthcare to Memphis, Tennessee and the Mid-South. But, if you have questions about any other health topics or services we offer, just let us know! This is a place for you to be able to say, "Hey, it's My Health we're talking about here!"

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