The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 17 issued answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the agency’s intended approach to defining “essential health benefits” for individual and small group health insurance plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In December, CMS issued a bulletin outlining proposed EHB policies the agency plans to define in future rulemaking.
The FAQs are intended to provide additional guidance to states and others working to establish health insurance exchanges. For more information, e-mail CMS at EssentialHealthBenefits@cms.hhs.gov.
The agency also plans to release future guidance on Medicaid benchmarks and essential health benefits.