Health Care Reform And Medicaid Cuts Expected In 2011

By Scott Sarvay

December 31, 2010 Updated Dec 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Medicaid recipients in the Hoosier state are going to see some of their benefits reduced.

Dental coverage will be capped at a $1,000 a year in addition to vision coverage reductions.

The cuts will affect just two percent of recipients and save the state $12 million a year.

Also happening at midnight there will be some changes in the nation's health care laws.

The Health Care Reform passed by Congress earlier this year has phased-in changes, some of which take effect January first.

Insurance companies can't discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions

And employer plans have to spend 80- 85 percent of your premium dollars on services related to medical care.

The law also has a new rule for people with flexible spending accounts; there will be restrictions on using those funds for over-the-counter medications.

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