WASHINGTON Feb 20 The Obama administration on
Wednesday outlined the essential health benefits that insurers
must offer to consumers in the individual and small group
markets under the new healthcare reform law.
The regulations set out 10 categories of core benefits, but
give states flexibility in determining the specific coverage
that would be required.
Published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services, the rule emerged as private insurers
worked to devise health plans that could be sold in new online
state marketplaces, known as healthcare exchanges, which are
scheduled to begin enrolling beneficiaries on Oct. 1.