Several provisions of the health care reform law became effective on Sept. 23, and medical information vendor WebMD Health Corp. has content on its Web sites explaining the changes to consumers and physicians.

Provisions now effective include prohibiting insurers from excluding children from coverage because of pre-existing conditions, prohibiting the dropping of an individual from coverage following a diagnosis, rescinding lifetime limits on coverage, requiring certain free preventive services, and enabling parents to keep adult children on their policy through age 26.

The WebMD site also includes video answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to questions consumers and physicians submitted via the site. Consumer information on the reform provisions is available at, while physician information is at

--Joseph Goedert


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