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Controversial bill extends coverage for 32 million people, changes insurance practices

The U.S. House passed an expansive health care reform bill 219-212 late March 21. According to the AMA, the bill will immediately end lifetime caps on coverage, extend the age that children can stay on parents’ policies to 26 and end rescission, except in cases of fraud.

The bill also includes increased payments for primary care physicians treating Medicaid patients and bonus payments for physicians in underserved areas.

The U.S. Senate will now debate a companion bill, which the House passed, to make changes to the original bill.

Update: President Obama signed the first bill into law March 23.

More information:

Statement from AMA President J. James Rohack, M.D.

House sends health care overhaul bill to Obama (Associated Press)

Health care reform: What can you expect right away? (CNN)

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