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One of the ways it has changed is with health care reform, fully insured small group and individual health plans on and off the Exchange/Marketplace must cover essential health benefits beginning January 1, 2014.
Essential health benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will include the following general categories:
- Ambulatory patient services
- Emergency services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health and substance abuse disorder services (including behavioral health treatment)
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
- Laboratory services
- Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
- Pediatric services, including oral and vision care
Reform says that plans of all sizes that cover benefits designated as Essential Health Benefits, including self-funded plans, must cover these benefits with no annual limits or lifetime maximums.