Simple Health Plan Docs Launch Amid Insurer Objections

Law360, New York (September 24, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT) -- Starting with open enrollment periods that kicked off Sunday, health insurers must now provide policyholders or potential customers with uniform, plain-English summaries of benefits and coverage — a health care law requirement insurers have criticized as burdensome and expensive.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the new summaries will increase competition in the health insurance market.

“Once an insurer knows a consumer can compare the benefits and costs of different plans, it's hard to get consumers without offering better benefits or lower costs. That's...
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