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The 10 essential health benefits as defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were viewed by the Obama administration as, well, essential. But the controversial list included coverage of many procedures and treatments that had formerly been only partially covered or not covered at all. In addition to objections raised by some based upon a religious belief, concerns were raised by others, including state agencies, about their ability to quickly shift to the EHB format.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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