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Health reform law ends lifetime limits for 105 million Americans
State-by-state data available
Health and Human Services Secretary
"For years, Americans with lifetime caps imposed on their health insurance benefits have had to live with the fear that if an illness or accident happened, they could max out their health coverage when they needed it the most," said Secretary Sebelius. "Now, because of the health care law, they no longer have to live in fear of that happening."
The end of lifetime limits is one of many new consumer rights and protections in the law for Americans nationwide. In the report, HHS provides data on the number of people in each state that benefit from this component of the law. The Obama administration also released updated state data on other ways the new law has impacted Americans, including the number of people with
While some plans provided coverage without dollar limits on lifetime benefits, 105 million Americans were previously in health plans that had lifetime limits. HHS estimates that 70 million people in large employer plans, 25 million people in small employer plans, and 10 million people with individually purchased health insurance had lifetime limits on their health benefits prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
This includes 39.5 million women and 28 million children; 11.8 million Latinos and 10.4 million African Americans.
To view the report on lifetime limits, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2012/LifetimeLimits/ib.shtml
To view additional state by state data on the benefits of health reform, visit:
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