Pediatricians Urge HHS To Allow CHIP As Benchmark Plans

Law360, New York (August 28, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT) -- States should use their Children's Health Insurance Plan as a benchmark for determining essential health benefits for children, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Academy of Pediatricians, which argued that current benchmark options are too restrictive on kids' benefits.

The AAP reported that all of the options to base coverage in health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act pale in comparison to the “expansive” coverage under the states' Children's Health Insurance Plans, or CHIP. The Department of Health and Human Services should...
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