The process of reading through your health insurance plan is about as delightful as reading the assembly directions for an IKEA dresser.
The print is small, the terms are confusing, and the covered services are difficult to decipher.
As of Sept. 23, 2012, all of that is scheduled to change. On this date, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all health insurance companies will be required to provide consumers with a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC).
An SBC: What Is It?
SBCs will be clear and concise documents that spell out all of your benefits and coverage in easy to understand language.
What Your Peers Are Reading
The SBC will also contain “coverage examples” modeled after the Nutrition Facts labels that appear on packaged food.
Coverage examples will illustrate, for comparison purposes, just how much of the health care service a health insurance plan would cover for a sample patient. The terms of the individual plan will be applied to two common medical scenarios – having a baby and managing type 2 diabetes.