Which health insurance products are solid enough to count as "minimum essential coverage," and which are narrow enough to escape from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act major medical coverage mandates?

Officials at the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) have looked at those questions in two new batches of guidance.

CCIIO is an arm of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which, in turn, is an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CCIIO is in charge of HHS efforts to implement the PPACA provisions that affect the commercial health insurance market

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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.