Dear Addy: Lifetime Caps vs. Annual Caps

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Dear Addy,
I know “Obamacare” eliminated lifetime caps on January 1, 2014, but are there still annual caps on healthcare costs?
Dear Capped-Out,
Happily the answer is no, as of January 1, 2014. Actually, it was on September 23, 2010, that the Affordable Care Act (AKA, “Obamacare”) eliminated lifetime limits (a cap on the total lifetime benefits your insurance company will pay) on most benefits in any health plan or insurance policy issued or renewed on or after September 23, 2010.
On January 1, 2014, ACA also prohibited new plans and existing group plans from imposing annual dollar limits (a cap on the total benefits your insurance company will pay in a year) on the amount of coverage an individual may receive.
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