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Patient Groups Praise HHS for Plans to Standardize Insurance Plans

Dozens of patient advocacy groups that make up the I Am Essential Coalition praised the Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed standards for insurers during the 2018 coverage year.

HHS in August proposed a rule meant to strengthen the marketplace, proposing, among other things, a modification to calculating risk adjustment for enrollees who don’t remain with one insurer for an entire year and use prescription drug utilization data as a source of information about patients.

In a letter sent to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Thursday, 153 patient groups said they were encouraged by the department’s plans to extend standardized options plans into 2018, with the assumption that patients will be able to more easily compare plans across insurers. The groups encouraged HHS to go a step further and require issuers to offer the standardized plans in 2018…

This article was written by Mary Ellen McIntire. It originally appeared in Morning Consult. To see the full story, click here.

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