Earlier today, Nancy-Ann DeParle, the Director of the White House Office of Health Reform answered some questions via the @WhiteHouse account on Twitter that were posed by a popular blogger, Heather Armstrong (aka @Dooce). During the interview, Nancy-Ann also answered a question from someone else who chimed in.
The interview covered pre-existing conditions, high-risk pools, health care tax credits for businesses and other important parts of the health care law. To learn even more, check out what health care reform means to you.
Here's a play by play of the questions:
@whitehouse How soon will my husband and I (we both have preexisting conditions) be able to get comprehensive health care?
Later this summer there will be a transitional high risk pool for ppl who’ve been unable to get ins. b/c of preexisting conditions @dooce
By 2014, preexisting condition exclusions will be banned and everyone will be able to get coverage. @dooce
There will be a fine for those who do not have insurance, but what about those who can't afford it? @whitehouse
New law says no penalty for those who can’t afford insurance & provides tax credits & support for those who need it @dooce
What about businesses that already provide health care to their employees. Will this cause their costs to escalate? @whitehouse
@whitehouse i pay a lot for my insurance,but it's good. will i be forced onto something lower quality because of the new law & higher costs?
@mjkidk that's an easy one: NO - if you like the insurance you have, you can keep it.
Will healthcare reform help put mental illness on a level playing field in terms of other debilitating illnesses? @whitehouse
Yes, like physical health, mental health benefits are part of the essential health benefits package @dooce
We'll be watching insurers closely & encouraging state regulators to act. @dooce
If insurers jack rates up unreasonably, they won't be allowed into the new marketplace (exchange) where people can choose among plans @dooce
Thank you, Nancy-Ann DeParle and @whitehouse. Obviously a lot of people care and are concerned about this issue.
@dooce you're welcome - this was a lot of fun! Take care, Nancy-Ann
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