10 Essential [Mandated] Health Benefits (EBH) under Health Care Reform, PPACA
- Frequently Asked Questions on Essential Health Benefits Bulletin from the Department of Health and Human Services (PDF)
- Essential Health Benefits Bulletin from the Department of Health and Human Services, Dec. 16, 2011 (PDF)
No more Annual & Lifetime Limits under Health Care Reform Aetna’s Explanation
White House.Gov Affordable Health Care Act YouTube Channel
2014 179 Page EOC Evidence of Coverage – So you can see EXACTLY how the above 10 benefits have been incorporated into the NEW plans
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2014 3 page Uniform Health Plan Benefits and Coverage Matrix with our annotations…
Here’s the Feb. 20, 2013 final.rule establishing the essential health benefits (EHBs) for 10 categories of care, including basic services such as hospitalization and emergency care, as well as mental health and maternity care. In addition, the plans must cover a minimum of 60 percent of the actuarial value of covered medical services.
Affordable Care Act Will Expand Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits and Parity Protections for 62 Million Americans, that details how EHBs will expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and federal laws requiring that mental health benefits be equal to, or have “parity” with, other health benefits in the individual and small group markets. .bna.com/hhs-releases-essential-n17179872551/
View the details and background of Essential Benefits on SteveShorr.com Future updates will be on this site.
Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius issued a set of defined “essential health benefits” that all new insurance plans have to include. Insurers will be prohibited from imposing annual or lifetime coverage caps on these essential benefits. These cover: “ambulatory patient services; emergency services; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices; laboratory services; preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management; and pediatric services, including oral and vision care.” In determining what would qualify as an essential benefit, the law required that the scope of standard benefits should equal that of a “typical employer plan”. States have some discretion in determining what should be considered the benchmark plan within the requirements of the law, and may include services beyond those set out by the Secretary.
Among the essential health benefits, preventive care, childhood immunizations and adult vaccinations, and medical screenings will be covered by an insurance plan’s premiums, and have co-payments, co-insurance, and deductibles eliminated. Specific examples of such services covered include: mammograms and colonoscopies, wellness visits, gestational diabetes screening, HPV testing, STI counseling, HIV screening and counseling, FDA-approved contraceptive methods, breastfeeding support and supplies, and domestic violence screening and counseling. Wikipedial
§156.100 State selection of benchmark.
§156.105 Determination of EHB for multi-state plans.
§156.110 EHB-benchmark plan standards.
§156.115 Provision of EHB.
§156.122 Prescription drug benefits.
§156.125 Prohibition on discrimination.
§156.130 Cost-sharing requirements.
§156.135 AV calculation for determining level of coverage.
§156.140 Levels of coverage.
§156.145 Determination of minimum value.
§156.150 Application to stand-alone dental plans inside the Exchange.
§156.155 Enrollment in catastrophic plans.
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