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ACA ‘Essential Health Benefits’ Vary Across States

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One of the Affordable Care Act’s signature components is the requirement that insurers offering plans for individuals and small businesses cover 10 categories of “essential” medical services, from hospitalization and prescription drugs to maternity and newborn care. In a new Commonwealth Fund issue brief, researchers with the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute report significant variation in how states are defining their essential benefits packages.

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