The Essential Work of Defining Essential Healthcare Benefits
And Robert Zirkelbach, press secretary for America's Health Insurance Plans, the trade association for the health insurance industry, says his organization would like to see coverage remain affordable, and that “when you add benefits, the health insurance will cost more.” AHIP also recommends that any definition of essential benefits embrace the federal employee’s health plan model, which provides a variety of cost-sharing levels so consumers can pay for what they want.
The IOM report will help (I hope) define and narrow some of the broad issues that must be considered. When the report is released, the IOM’s work will be done but the debate will just be starting.
Margaret Dick Tocknell is a reporter/editor with HealthLeaders Media.
- Two-Midnight Rule Must be Fixed or Replaced, Say Providers
- Don't Underestimate Emotional Intelligence
- The Secret to Physician Engagement? It's Not Better Pay
- Care Coordination Tough to Define, Measure
- Yale New Haven Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare in CT
- Physicians Take SGR Repeal Message to Washington
- Size Matters in Antibiotic Overuse
- CDC Warns of Antibiotic Overuse in Hospitals
- 4 Reasons PCMH Principles Aren't Going Away
- SCOTUS Review of NC Board Case 'A Very Big Deal' to Providers