Patient Groups Demand Wider Drug Coverage On Exchanges

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT) -- More than 100 patient advocacy organizations told Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday that if federal guidelines remain the same, patients who buy health insurance on state exchanges could be denied adequate drug coverage.

Sebelius released a bulletin last year outlining the so-called "essential health benefits" that insurance plans on the exchange will be required to cover. The benefits will be tied to a benchmark plan, by default the largest small-group market plan in the state, that each state selects.

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