CMS Provides More Health Care Reform updates on Essential Health Benefits

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a fact sheet that deals with questions that have been raised by states, advocacy groups, and others about how states should develop their essential health benefits packages. Last December, CMS released a bulletin that gave states the flexibility to choose from a variety of existing plans as models for their benefits packages.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that the plans include 10 categories of benefits including rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.  To see the questions and answers view this FAQ from the CMS website. CMS has not yet released a notice of proposed rulemaking on these critical issues but the guidance is expected to help states move forward with implementation of the ACA.

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