Becoming a good health care consumer may get a bit easier forsome if new proposed rules from the Departments of Health and HumanServices, Labor and the Treasury go into effect next year asplanned.

The new regulations under the Affordable Care Act are intendedto allow consumers to more easily understand their health coverageand determine the best health insurance options for themselves andtheir families. The regulators say they also expect employers willbenefit by being able to more easily locate the best coverage fortheir business and their employees.

Under the proposed rules, health insurers and group health planswill be required to provide consumers with what is being calledclear, consistent and comparable information about their healthplan benefits and coverage.

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