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Health Agencies Update
February 24, 2015

Officials Strive to Help Consumers Shop for Health Insurance Benefits

JAMA. 2015;313(8):785. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.0748

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury have issued proposed rules to clarify options for individuals seeking health insurance coverage (http://go.cms.gov/1B8QP29). The proposal would require all health plans and issuers to provide a standardized brief summary of what a particular health insurance policy or employer plan covers—a Summary of Benefits and Coverage—so that consumers can make meaningful comparisons of different plans and can easily understand what they cover.

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