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‘Essential’ also must be affordable
San Francisco Chronicle

The Affordable Care Act, landmark health care reform legislation, was signed into law nearly two years ago. The most difficult - and potentially costly – part of implementing health care reform begins now. On Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will hold the last of 10 regional listening sessions here in San Francisco as the agency develops an “essential health benefits package” – the basic health services that must be included in coverage purchased by individuals and small employers, as required by the law.