Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Limited Role of Vision Care under the Affordable Care Act

We missed this story that appeared Nov. 20 in the New York Times:
The Obama administration took a big step on Tuesday to carry out the new health care law by defining “essential health benefits”...Insurance companies are rushing to devise health benefit plans that comply with the federal standards. Starting in October [2013], people can enroll in the new plans, for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2014...
The rules lay out 10 broad categories of essential health benefits, but allow each state to specify the benefits within those categories, at least for 2014 and 2015. ...Most states are defining essential benefits to be those provided by the largest health plan in the state’s small-group insurance market. However, to comply with the law, federal officials said, insurers must provide certain additional benefits, including dental care and vision services for children..." Read more.

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