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Feds give states power to define health benefits
Sacramento Business Journal

A surprise decision by the Obama administration to give states flexibility to define the minimum benefits health insurers must offer under federal health reform lobs a big decision about affordability to states, too. Business groups may lobby for minimum benefits to save money, while consumer advocates push for extensive coverage. The bulletin released by federal health officials on Friday requires states to include coverage in 10 areas but it offers scant details and lets states pick the model they choose to follow — including the largest HMO plan offered in the state’s commercial market.

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