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Anniversary of Obama healthcare plan marked in South L.A.

March 23, 2012 | 10:42 am

To mark the anniversary of President Obama's landmark healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, officials planned to gather Friday in South Los Angeles.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), along with other officials and healthcare providers will meet at the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. Patients from the clinic will share their personal stories of how the healthcare plan has helped them.

The plan has received mixed reviews since it was signed, while only a small number of Americans have benefited so far. Key provisions were delayed to hold down costs and minimize disruptions while new systems are implemented to expand coverage.

Among the pieces already in place, the law has banned lifetime limits on insurance coverage and allowed young adults to stay on their parents’ plans up to age 26.

Still to be implemented are guaranteed access to a health plan, regardless of medical history, and a limit on how much older, sicker Americans can be charged for insurance.


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