Colorado's updated essential health benefits: What employers need to know
Colorado’s benchmark plan, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, seriously raised the bar for essential health benefits.
By Andrew Silverio|October 25, 2021 at 09:40 AM
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It’s not often that a state’s standard submission of a benchmark plan for federal approval would be newsworthy. But recently, Colorado’s benchmark plan, which will take effect on January 1, 2023, seriously raised the bar, establishing various services as essential health benefits (EHBs) which would often not be covered at all. State benchmark plans are used to determine what benefits are considered EHBs in a given state – the ACA defines broad categories of EHBs, but these plans are what issuers in a given market look to for more detail on what specific services need to be given the various protections this status affords.
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