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Coverage now for sick children? Check fine print

New York Times, March 29, 2010

Days after President Obama signed the new healthcare law, insurance companies are already arguing that they do not have to provide one of the benefits that the president calls a centerpiece of the law: coverage for certain children with pre-existing conditions. The authors of the law say they meant to ban all forms of discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions. The goal, they say, was to provide those youngsters with access to insurance and to a full range of benefits once they are in a health plan. But to insurance companies, the language of the law is not so clear, the New York Times reports.