Insurers, provider groups and patient groups are gearing up for a new round of fighting over the products and services a major medical insurance policy ought to cover.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says states will get to choose a new essential health benefits (EHB) benchmark plan for 2017.
Groups could use the EHB benchmark plan selection debate as a chance to talk about how plans should cover dental care for children, weight-loss surgery, therapy for children with developmental disorders, and other controversial classes of benefits.
CMS is putting the 2017 EHB plan selection system through a paperwork review process.
The first EHB benchmark plan selection process, which took place mainly in 2012, gave patient support groups a chance to lobby for richer benefits for the patients, and opponents of PPACA a chance to refuse to cooperate with CMS implementation of PPACA.