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CNN 2010-06-30

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July 1st, that's when certain provisions of President Obama's health reform package kick in.

 

Joining us with some details on this, Andrew Ruben, an expert on the health care industry. He also hosts the weekly show, "Healthcare Connect" on Sirius Satellite Radio.

 

Good to see you, Andrew.

 

All right. So, give us an idea who needs to be paying attention to what happens on July 1st?

 

Well, a lot of people need to be paying attention because this is really the first big initiative of health care reform. But in particular, if you have been uninsured for the past six months because you have -- for at least six months because you have a preexisting condition, you're going to be able to apply through your individual state or the federal government, for health care insurance, which you haven't been able to get.

 

And how do you know? I mean, it's not that simple. Then there are other qualifications as to how you would be considered high-risk, so to speak.

 

Sure. You know, like everything else in health care, it is extremely complicated. But here's what you need to know, because there's still a lot we don't know, like what specifically qualifies as a preexisting condition. The secretary of health and human services is going to start putting that information out this week.

 

But we know -- what we know is if you've been excluded from having health insurance for at least six months, you can go on to our individual state Web site and look online and see if you can fill out an application, if you qualify for subsidized -- for health care insurance. It's not really subsidized. What it is, it's health insurance that the states are going to charge you that are subsidized by the federal government. So, it will be a little bit cheaper than existing state high-risk programs if your state even has a high-risk program.

 

OK. And there's still premiums2 involved. How much will it, you know, likely cost for a premium1, if you indeed qualify, and if you're considered high-risk?

 

That's a great question. So basically what the law states is that your health insurance is not allowed to be more expensive than what the average person pays for in that state for health care insurance. So, it may be different in Georgia or it may be different than what you're paying in New York, but -- state to state -- but it's within the state, it can't be any more expensive than what the average person pays for. And the only thing that can trigger a higher premium is your age.

 

OK. And then where do you find out about this coverage3? You mentioned that certain, you know, states' departments of insurance. But there are other locations where you can find out a little bit more to find out whether you qualify, if you can take advantage of this --

 

Sure.

 

-- if you got this preexisting condition.

 

The best place -- the best place is going to be yes, the best place is going to be the Health and Human Services Web site, which is HHS.gov, because not every state has opted4 in to the high- risk pool, so about 30 states have. So, you'll be able to get that information on your individual state department of insurance Web site. But Health and Human Services has the full list of which states are in and if the state isn't in, then the federal government is going to administer this program and they're going to tell you how to apply.

 

And the key here? Apply early. You want to make sure your application is in early because a lot of people have said there's not enough money in this program to keep it going until 2014 when insurance reform kicks in. So, you want to make sure -- if you fall into this category of not having health insurance because of a preexisting condition -- that you get your application in early.

 

So, you need to jump on this July 1st, this week, this Thursday?

 

You can jump on it today and log on to your state Web site and see if there's any information up already.

 

OK. Andrew Rubin, thanks so much. You know, so many folks thought health care reform was still so far away. This is the first phase rolling out this week.

 

So if you have preexisting conditions and it's been a difficult time for you to try to get insurance, you need to be paying attention this week -- and as you said, jump on that Web site right now to find out.

 

Right now. It's a long road ahead.
 


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1 premium EPSxX     
n.加付款;赠品;adj.高级的;售价高的
参考例句:
  • You have to pay a premium for express delivery.寄快递你得付额外费用。
  • Fresh water was at a premium after the reservoir was contaminated.在水库被污染之后,清水便因稀而贵了。
2 premiums efa999cd01994787d84b066d2957eaa7     
n.费用( premium的名词复数 );保险费;额外费用;(商品定价、贷款利息等以外的)加价
参考例句:
  • He paid premiums on his life insurance last year. 他去年付了人寿保险费。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • Moves are afoot to increase car insurance premiums. 现正在酝酿提高汽车的保险费。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 coverage nvwz7v     
n.报导,保险范围,保险额,范围,覆盖
参考例句:
  • There's little coverage of foreign news in the newspaper.报纸上几乎没有国外新闻报道。
  • This is an insurance policy with extensive coverage.这是一项承保范围广泛的保险。
4 opted 9ec34da056d6601471a0808ebc89b126     
v.选择,挑选( opt的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • She was co-opted onto the board. 她获增选为董事会成员。
  • After graduating she opted for a career in music. 毕业后她选择了从事音乐工作。
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