Families USA: State Advocates’ Agenda for Private Health Insurance in 2015

Families USA: State Advocates’ Agenda for Private Health Insurance in 2015

Around the country, health care advocates are developing advocacy agendas to ensure that private health insurance plans meet consumers’ needs. From addressing high costs for consumers to strengthening provider networks to improving prescription drug formularies, advocates have a lot of work planned this year to improve private insurance.

  • Currently, the federal government is considering several improvements in essential health benefits, such as a minimum definition for habilitative services and a better system for classifying and covering drugs. In addition, states and the federal government will have to more fully review their essential health benefit packages for 2017. Leah Barber-Heinz from Florida CHAIN and Michelle Lilienfeld from the National Health Law Program noted how important it is for advocates to weigh in on those review processes and on whether a state should change its benchmark benefit plan. Read the full article here. »

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