Implementing Health Reform: A Bulletin on Essential Health Benefits

Timothy Jost

Posted 12/16/11 on the Health Affairs Blog

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On December 16, 2011, HHS released a “bulletin” describing the approach that it intends to take to establishing the “essential health benefits” under the Affordable Care Act.  A bulletin is a form of guidance that lacks the legal stature of a rule.  HHS believed, however, that the states, insurers, consumer advocates, and the public needed some indication as to the direction HHS was intending to take in defining the EHB, and the Bulletin was intended to serve this purpose until an actual rule is issued.

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