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Health insurers to comply with rules on children

New York Times, March 31, 2010

Under pressure from the White House, health insurance companies said that they would comply with rules to be issued soon by the Obama administration requiring them to cover children with pre-existing medical problems. Major provisions of the new healthcare law take effect in 2014. Some, including a ban on "pre-existing condition exclusions" for children under 19, take effect in September. The law does not explicitly say that insurers must sell insurance to families with such children this year, but Democratic Congressional leaders and White House officials said that was their intent, the New York Times reports.