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Senate Task Force Considers Ways To Unravel Obamacare Coverage Rules

Key to this discussion is how to handle regulations that require plans to cover a set of essential health benefits as well as preexisting condition protections.

The Hill: Senate GOP Examining Ways To Repeal ObamaCare Insurance Rules 
Senate Republicans are looking into repealing ObamaCare regulations on what services an insurance plan must cover, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Thursday. Leaving a meeting of the Senate's healthcare working group, Cornyn was asked if senators are looking at their ability to repeal ObamaCare's essential health benefits. "I'd say yes, we're looking at it," Cornyn replied. (Sullivan, 5/11)

CQ Roll Call: Senate Task Force Discusses Plan To Ease Health Benefit Rules
Senate Republicans in the early stages of revamping a House bill to repeal the 2010 health law met Thursday, reporting progress but no path to consensus in the near future. ... Republicans who are trudging ahead on the daunting task of completing their seven-year quest to repeal the 2010 health law caution that any major legislative activity could take weeks, possibly months. Significant action will have to wait until at least the week of May 22, when the Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its analysis of the bill that narrowly cleared the House last week. (Mershon and Williams, 5/11)

The Associated Press: Senate Conservatives: Ease Obama Health Care Law Protections
Conservative senators are pushing to diminish insurance coverage requirements imposed by President Barack Obama's health care law as Senate Republicans try fashioning legislation overhauling the nation's health care system. Their ideas include erasing Obama consumer protections, such as barring higher premiums for people with pre-existing medical conditions, but allowing states to opt into them. (5/11)

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