NU Online News Service, Jan. 12, 2005, 4:17 p.m. EST
An Alexandria, Va., group has developed a chart that summarizes the requirements that U.S. states impose on health insurers.[@@]
Researchers at the group, the Council for Affordable Health Insurance, have created one state-by-state section that shows whether a state imposes minimum requirements for coverage of procedures such as blood lead poisoning screenings or for products such as contraceptives.
A second section shows whether states require health insurers to pay for the services of specific types of health care providers, such as opticians or pastoral counselors, or requires states to offer coverage for certain types of persons, such as adopted children or handicapped dependents.