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Promise and Perils of the Affordable Care Act for Children

Tina L. Cheng, MD, MPH1,2; Paul H. Wise, MD, MPH3,4; Neal Halfon, MD, MPH5,6,7,8
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1Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
2Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
3Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
4Center for Policy Outcomes and Prevention, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
5Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine
6Department of Health Policy and Management, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles
7Department of Public Policy, Luskin School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles
8Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA. 2014;311(17):1733-1734. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.930.
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Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now underway. Insurance marketplaces known as exchanges are online and millions of Americans are enrolling in what were previously unobtainable insurance products. Although the ACA’s major thrust is to provide coverage for the uninsured, the ACA is also benefitting children by eliminating restrictions on preexisting conditions, limiting lifetime benefit caps, extending coverage of young adults on their parents’ policies to age 26 years, and insuring more parents.

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