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President Obama won a hard-fought battle last week. After months of stalled progress and fiercely partisan debate, the House passed a sweeping health care reform bill with a vote of 219-212. The $940 billion plan will completely reorganize the American medical system, extending coverage to roughly 32 million additional Americans.
So how exactly does the bill affect people working in the allied healthcare field? Whether you agree or disagree with Obama’s policies, it is important to know how they affect you as a medical biller and coder.
- The bill increases coverage to 32 million additional Americans by requiring most Americans and businesses to have some kind of insurance plan or pay a fine.
- Parents will be allowed to keep their children on their health care plans until they are 26.
- Reform will eliminate discrimination based on pre-existing conditions or medical history. If an individual hasn’t been able to get coverage because of a pre-existing condition, a ban on discrimination for adults will take effect in 2014. Additionally, a pool will be set up for high risk adults to get coverage until 2014. For those of you who have a child with a pre-existing condition, a ban on discrimination for children will take effect immediately.
External sources: HealthReform.gov, New York Times Health Care Reform Overview
Prediction: All of these provisions, combined with the billions going to electronic health records, predict an increased need for billing and coding specialists in doctors’ offices. The sudden spike in the number of patients seeking care combined with rapidly changing electronic health records systems could mean more jobs in the allied healthcare field.