Most of the consumer benefits will not kick in until 2014 but changes that will occur this year includes:
Dependent children can remain on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26.
Senior citizens will get more help paying for drugs in Medicare.
People with health problems that left them uninsurable can qualify for coverage through a federal program.
Tax credits will be given to small businesses that offer health insurance to their workers
Children will be able to get insurance-even if they have pre-existing conditions
All new insurance plans must offer and cover preventative care