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States, Not Feds, to Determine Essential Benefits
Health Leaders Media

In a surprise decision, Obama Administration officials on Friday announced they do not intend to prescribe specific features for essential health benefits beyond 10 general categories, but instead will let each state decide what’s appropriate for exchanges that start in 2014.

“The proposal we’re putting forward today reflects our commitment to giving states the flexibility they need to set up their state-based exchanges,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news briefing. “We’ve acknowledged many times that coverage that works in Florida may not work in Nebraska.”

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