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HHS clarifies stance on pre-existing conditions
Modern Healthcare

Health insurance plans will be able to use limited sign-up periods and still comply with a health reform provision that eliminates pre-existing condition exclusions for children under age 19, HHS announced. Interim final regulations released in June by HHS prohibits new group health plans and health insurance issuers in both the group and individual markets from imposing pre-existing condition exclusions on children under 19 for the first plan year, beginning on or after Sept. 23. The department sought to clarify in a question-and-answer document the procedures under which children under 19 years of age could be guaranteed coverage, despite any medical problems.