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HHS Issues Final Rule on Benchmarking EHBs for Insurance Exchanges
Health Leaders Media

The nearly final rule for identifying potential benchmark plans to support the definition of essential health benefits as well the process for recognizing accrediting entities to certify qualified health plans for state health insurance exchanges, was quietly released earlier this week by the Department of Health and Human Services. Data from insurers that offer the three largest small group products will be used to identify the benchmark plan for each state for establishing EHBs that must be offered beginning in 2014 by health plans in the online exchange marketplace as well as in individual and small group health insurance policies.