Published: Jun 22, 2010 1:48 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 22, 2010 10:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is revealing details of

how the government will enforce the health overhaul law, an

announcement expected to focus on how insurance companies must

treat consumers.

Administration officials were meeting privately Tuesday at the

White House with insurance company CEOs and state insurance

commissioners, the White House said in a written statement, with

Obama expected to attend at least part of the session. The

president was then expected to announce regulations for

implementing consumer safeguards enacted by the law, according to

administration allies who were briefed in advance and spoke on

condition of anonymity.

The events mark 90 days since Obama signed the health revamp

into law, one of his administration's chief victories so far.

The law's consumer safeguards, called the patients' bill of

rights, are limited steps that take effect this year. The main

provisions, including federal funding to help 32 million uninsured

people get coverage, won't come until 2014. The administration

worries that escalating premiums will force more people drop their

policies before the law is fully implemented.

Consumers who buy their policies directly face increases

averaging 20 percent this year, according to a survey released

Monday by the private Kaiser Family Foundation. Although most

Americans are covered on the job, about 14 million purchase

insurance on the individual market and have the least bargaining

power when it comes to costs.

Obama foreshadowed parts of his announcement last week, telling

a nurses' group that the patients' bill of rights would include the

elimination of lifetime dollar limits on coverage, a particular

problem for people dealing with hard-to-treat types of cancer.

Insurance companies would be prohibited from canceling the policies

of people who get sick, he added. And health plans would be

required to provide consumers with simple and clear information

about their choices and rights.

The law also calls for other safeguards to be put in place this

year, including allowing women to pick an ob-gyn specialist as

their primary care doctor and prohibiting insurers from denying

coverage to children on account of previous medical problems.

Protection against insurance denials would extend to adults in

2014, when most Americans would be required to carry coverage.