HHS Essential Benefits ‘Bulletin’ Draws Tide Of Comments
As the official window of time allowed for groups to react to the Department of Health and Human Services essential benefits proposal closed, a variety of objections, concerns and common themes became clear.
CQ HealthBeat: State 'Flexibility' For Essential Benefits Gets Cool Reception
A tide of objections and worries rolled in just before Tuesday's deadline for health groups to react to a Department of Health and Human Services proposal on essential health benefits. Input from health interests and consumers on the benefits "bulletin" is not being made public by the Obama administration, which asked that comments be sent to an email address rather than posted on a government website as would be the practice with a proposed regulation (Norman, 2/1).
Politico Pro: EHB Comments Show Some Common Themes
Believe it or not, businesses, insurers and consumers do see eye to eye on essential health benefits — well, on some parts, anyway. They're at odds on some of the bigger issues, which doesn't exactly come as a surprise. The comments submitted to HHS on its essential health benefits approach shows a wide divide between consumers ... and businesses and insurers, who don't see enough safeguards to keep the essential health benefits package affordable (Millman, 2/2).