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A detour on health reform
Los Angeles Times

The healthcare reform law passed last year requires insurers to offer, at a minimum, a set of “essential” benefits to individuals and small groups, including coverage for hospitalization, outpatient care and prescription drugs. The details of what is or is not essential were left to the Department of Health and Human Services to decide.

On Friday, however, the department put out a bulletin proposing to let each state come up with its own definition.