U.S. states to weigh in on basic health coverage

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 19, 2011 3:40 AM

(Reuters) - U.S. health officials will allow states to select the basic set of medical benefits that must be offered by insurance plans participating in new exchanges mandated by the federal healthcare overhaul, the U.S. government said on Friday.

The Department of Health and Human Services' announcement relates to the so-called essential health benefits for millions of Americans expected to qualify for coverage sold through state-based insurance exchanges beginning in 2014.

(Reporting By Lewis Krauskopf; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)