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.
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