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Consumer Protection

HHS Issues Final Essential Health Benefits Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services this week finalized regulations on a key element of health reform, the essential health benefits package. Background. Under [...]

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Essential Health Benefits: What Does the New HHS Guidance Mean for Behavioral Health?

On December 16, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an information bulletin outlining its first proposed guidance on how states and health [...]

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Institute of Medicine Releases Essential Benefits Package Report

On Friday, October 7, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its highly anticipated report outlining the criteria and process by which the Department of Health [...]

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NAMI to Host Oct. 6 Webinar on Essential Health Benefits

Essential Health Benefits and Mental Health in Insurance Exchanges Thursday, Oct. 6 from 1-2:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 pm central, 11:00 pm mountain, 10:00 pm pacific) [...]

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States’ Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans Help Bridge the Coverage Gap

When the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions are fully implemented in 2014, millions of previously uninsured Americans will have access to health insurance – without [...]

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Including Behavioral Health in Essential Health Benefits

The National Council has joined the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health America, and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors [...]

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Obama Administration Releases New Rules on Explanation of Benefits under Health Reform

On August 17, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury proposed a new rule under the Affordable Care Act that [...]

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Video Series Tells Americans’ Stories about Health Reform

A new series of videos from the Catholic Health Association feature Americans who are benefitting from various aspects of health reform. Among the videos is [...]

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New Online Resource from Medicare Provides Easy-To-Use Quality Comparison Information

Recognizing that it can be difficult to find health care providers that meet your needs, Medicare has created a variety of comparison tools to help consumers [...]

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HHS Announces Free Preventive Services for Women under Health Reform

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this week announced new guidelines for preventive services for women that must be covered at no out-of-pocket [...]

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