How to prepare for the changes in healthcare

Well, it was a very exciting weekend for political junkies.
The president’s healthcare plan passed the House, by an oh-so-narrow 217-212 margin. So, the Senate-approved (initial) bill will become law as soon as the President signs it.What does this mean for you & me?Well, some of the details will depend on what happens with the upcoming reconciliation process. Some tax changes, like the 10% tax on indoor tanning treatments, begin immediately; others don’t kick in until 2014.

Changes that would occur this year include:
– Dependent children could remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.

– Some senior citizens would get more help paying for drugs in Medicare.

– People with health problems that left them uninsurable could qualify for coverage through a federal program.

Here are some other resources you can read to start digesting the many changes, and start thinking about how it will affect you and your family.
1) Wall Street Journal (link)
2) Kaiser Family Foundation comparison charts (link2)

If you don’t yet have a family physician, you may want to work on establishing a relationship with one, before things get too crowded.

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