Obama Administration Allows States to Define Health Benefits in 2014

The Obama administration said Friday that it would not define a single uniform set of “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurers for tens of millions of Americans.

Instead, it will allow each state to specify the benefits within broad categories. The new law lists 10 categories of “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurance offered in the individual and small-group markets, starting in January 2014. These include preventive care, emergency services, maternity care, hospital and doctors’ services, and prescription drugs.

NY Times article, December 16, 2011

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