Celebrating More Coverage For Children

March 31, 2011

This week, we celebrate the children with pre-existing conditions who can no longer be denied health coverage, the 1.2 million young adults under age 26 who have gained coverage through their parents’ plans; and more. Happy Birthday to the Affordable Care Act! 

The Affordable Care Act One Year Later

March 23, 2011, marks the first birthday of the landmark health reform legislation “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (the Affordable Care Act), which will bring health coverage to 32 million people in America, including more than 95% of all children. There is already much to celebrate this year, with much more to come!

Today, because of the Affordable Care Act:

  • Children under 18 with a “pre-existing condition,” such as asthma, diabetes, or cancer, can no longer be denied health coverage. 
  • Children who already have insurance cannot have their coverage taken away when they get sick, be charged co-payments for preventive services, or face a limit on the amount of services they receive through unjust annual or lifetime benefit caps.
  • About 1.2 million young adults under age 26 have already gained health coverage through their parents’ employer-sponsored coverage through the Affordable Care Act. 

Learn more about what the legislation means for children and young adults and see our implementation timeline to find out when important provisions for children and families will go into effect.

Today, along with the millions of people in America who have already benefited from the Affordable Care Act, we celebrate the important steps forward that have already been taken. As opponents try to stall, defund, or derail the Affordable Care Act, we will continue to work to ensure that it will fulfill its promise for millions more children and families in the years to come.

Watch this short video to learn more about the relief the law has brought – and will continue to bring – to children and families across the country from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.