New rules are proposed for benefits that must be covered under health reform

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 27 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8112
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The Obama administration’s proposed rules for health insurance prohibit discrimination by health insurance companies, require coverage of 10 essential health benefits, and emphasize wellness programs to prevent disease and lower health costs.

The public, consumer groups, and health insurance companies have until December 26 to comment on two of the proposed rules and until January 25 to comment on the third rule, which deals with employee wellness programs. When finalized, the rules will go into effect for health insurance policies after 1 January 2014.

Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, said, “The Affordable Care Act is building a health …

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