The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services seeks public input on topics related to essential health benefits — items and services that all non-grandfathered health plans in the individual and small group markets must cover under the Affordable Care Act. The agency is requesting feedback on how essential health benefits may need to be updated to reflect changes in medical evidence and scientific advancement, address gaps in coverage and health equity, or remove barriers to accessing services. In particular, CMS seeks feedback on essential health benefits related to maternal health, behavioral health and prescription drug coverage. The agency will publish the request for information in the Dec. 2 Federal Register, with comments accepted for 60 days.

Related News Articles

Headline
AHA today submitted comments in response to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ request for information on potential changes to Essential…
Headline
The Department of Health and Human Services Dec. 27 said that HealthCare.gov signups are outpacing previous years as of Dec. 15. According to the agency, more…
Headline
Now through Jan. 15, individuals and families can enroll in or change their health coverage options through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces. The Centers…
Headline
Commenting today on a proposed rule that would reinstate certain regulatory protections against discrimination in health care programs and activities under…
Headline
 The Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered health plans to cover women’s preventive services, including free birth control and contraceptive…
Headline
Six national organizations, including the AHA, today urged congressional leaders to permanently expand access to the Affordable Care Act’s advance premium tax…