HHS To Let States Set Benefit Benchmarks For Health Plans

Law360, New York (December 16, 2011, 8:00 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Friday that it is proposing policies that will give states more flexibility in determining what benefits health insurance plans will be required to cover under the federal health care reform law.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires that insurance plans offered in individual and small group markets offer a comprehensive package of services known as essential health benefits, such as ambulatory patient services, hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drugs.

HHS is proposing that states be...
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