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Calif first to set standard for health benefits
San Luis Obispo Tribune

California’s health benefits exchange became the first in the nation Wednesday to set a standard benefits design to help people comparison shop for insurance under the federal health care overhaul. The move will help consumers more easily determine what kind of coverage they want to buy, said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. “We’re changing the focus of health insurance from being a shell game – hiding from consumers what’s covered and what’s not covered – to being about health insurance providing the best care possible, to help people stay healthy, get care when they need it and lower costs,” Lee said during a news conference at the exchange’s headquarters in the state capital.