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“As both a physician and a governor, I have determined that it is irresponsible and shortsighted to make a decision on essential health benefits by confining the decision to a select few plans and without having been offered clear guidance from the federal government,” Mr. Bentley wrote in a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Seventeen states – many led by Republicans who want the health care law repealed – have taken no public action toward selecting benchmark plans, according to health care advisory firm Avalere Health LLC. Other states that have taken action, such as Virginia, still refuse to declare their plans to the administration at this point.
“Until such time as the rules are properly issued, states, including Virginia, should not be forced into declaring their selection of an essential health benefits package,” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wrote to the administration last month.
States were allowed to choose a benchmark plan from among the three largest small-group, state employee or federal employee plans, or use the largest health maintenance organization plan offered in the state’s commercial market. The majority of them chose small-group plans because they typically meet existing state coverage laws.
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