1.01.2010

New Year, New Laws on Ohio Health Care

 With the new year comes new law from the Ohio legislature. Folks with pre existing health conditions will catch something of a break this year if they try to buy health insurance coverage.  A new law caps the rates that insurance companies can charge during their open enrollment period to persons with pre existing conditions or chronic illnesses. According to lawmakers more than 52,000 Ohioans will benefit from this change.

And, something for parents, coming in July parents will be able to buy insurance for their kids, as long as they are under the age of 28 from their employer. Old law capped this benefit at age 22.

Even if you still can't get insurance, you will be able to price shop hospitals online. A website has been created to compare prices and procedures and will have 100 different ways to measure the comparison to determine if you really are getting the better deal.  Hospital infection and death rates will also be listed.

Bear in mind this will only be for state hospitals, not privately owned hospitals. But it is a step in the right direction.
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