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State lawmakers grapple with essential health benefits
California Watch

The federal health care reform act requires most Americans to have health insurance by 2014. But what exactly will those insurance plans have to cover?

California’s Legislature is now grappling with that question, in the wake of last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the law.

Under the law, policies sold to individuals and small businesses must cover 10 so-called “essential health benefits,” including hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drugs.