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Health Reform Bill Summary: The Top 18 Immediate Effects

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/22/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

After months of fierce debate in Washington and around the country and after an intense day of voting on Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives passed a health care reform bill and it's on its way to President Obama's desk.

Once Obama signs the bill into law, as he is expected to do on Tuesday, it will mean an end to the current health care system as we know it.

Pundits on the right and left have been reacting to passage of the legislation, but what does the bill actually mean for the average American?

The Huffington Post has compiled a list of the top 18 immediate effects of the health care bill as well as some that will take effect in the first year of implementation:

No More Denials For Pre-Existing Conditions
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Health insurers cannot deny children insurance because of pre-existing conditions. A ban on the same discrimination against adults will take effect in 2014.
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