Deadlines Loom for State Participation in Health Insurance Exchanges

Deadlines are looming for state participation in federal healthcare reform law provisions, according to a Lancaster Eagle Gazette report.

States that want to own and operate their own health insurance exchanges must apply for federal funding — if they want it — by the end of June. States that want to determine the services covered for residents, known as "essential benefits," must decide whether they want a voice in that decision by the end of September.

Essential benefits must cover things such as physician visits, trips to the emergency room, pregnancies, drug rehab, prescriptions, casts, blood tests, diabetes and pediatrics. However, states many decide the specifics, such as whether autistic children receive coverage for the cost of behavioral therapy.

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