Under the PPACA, every new plan must cover, at a minimum, a core set of 10 essential health benefits, both on and off the health marketplace exchanges, as follows:
1) Ambulatory Patient Services – Health care services without being admitted to a hospital (e.g. visiting a doctor’s office or a clinic, home health services, and hospice care – some plans may limit home health and hospice care benefits to no more than 45 days).
2) Emergency Services – Care of conditions requiring immediate treatment (typically at an emergency room), including ambulance transportation. You also can’t be penalized for going to an out-of-network hospital.
3) Hospitalization – Care provided during a hospital visit, including services provided by doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff, medical tests, medications given during your stay, as well as room and board. Care received in a skilled nursing facility is also included in hospitalization coverage (note: some plans limit skilled nursing facility benefits to no more than 45 days).
4) Laboratory Services – Tests a doctor completes to help diagnose an injury, illness, or other medical condition, or to monitor the progress of a treatment. Some preventative screenings may be fully covered.
5) Maternity and Newborn Care – Care women receive during pregnancy, including prenatal care, in labor, delivery and post-delivery, and care for newborn babies.
6) Mental Health Services and Addiction Treatment – Inpatient and Outpatient care that evaluates, diagnoses, and treats mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders (some plans may limit coverage to 20 days per year).
7) Rehabilitative Services & Devices – Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices to help regain mental and physical skills that were lost due to injury, disability, or a chronic condition. Each plan has to provide 30 visits per year for physical or occupational therapy, speech therapy, cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, and chiropractor visits.
8) Pediatric Services – Care provided to children, including vaccines and immunizations. For children under the age of 19, dental and vision care must be offered – this includes two routine dental exams, an eye exam and corrective lenses each year.
9) Prescription Drugs – Medications prescribed by a doctor to treat a medical condition or illness. At least one prescription drug must be covered in each category and classification.
10) Preventive and Wellness Services and Chronic Disease Treatment – care includes physicals, immunizations, and certain types of screenings designed to prevent or detect certain medical conditions as well as care for chronic conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
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