Health reform law ends lifetime limits for 105 million Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that the health reform law has eliminated lifetime limits on coverage for more than 105 million Americans.

“For years, Americans with lifetime caps imposed on their health insurance benefits have had to live with the fear that if an illness or accident happened, they could max out their health coverage when they needed it the most,” said Sebelius in a press release. “Now, because of the healthcare law, they no longer have to live in fear of that happening.”

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In its report on the subject, HHS provided data on the number of people in each state that benefit from this component of the law. The Obama administration also released updated state data on other ways the new law has impacted Americans, including the number of people with Medicare receiving new preventive benefits and the various grants awarded to states.

While some plans provided coverage without dollar limits on lifetime benefits, HHS noted, 105 million Americans were previously in health plans that had lifetime limits. HHS estimates that 70 million people in large employer plans, 25 million people in small employer plans, and 10 million people with individually purchased health insurance had lifetime limits on their health benefits prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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