Leukemia or lymphoma patients could face tough limits on the kind of care they can get through the public exchanges.

Bruce Pyenson, a consulting actuary at Milliman, and Jane Suh, an actuarial assistant at the firm, look at how individual private "qualified health plans" in California, Florida, New York and Texas cover blood cancers.

The analysts did the study partly to show how much QHPs can differ, even though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the QHPs to cover a standardized "essential health benefits" package and includes several other coverage and underwriting rules.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.