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31 August 2009

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  • Red,
    If I am interpreting page 29 of H.R. 3200 correctly (see http://energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090714/aahca.pdf), it refers to an annual limitation of the cost-sharing for the essential benefits package of $5,000 individual/$10,000 family, which seems to imply that HDHPs up to this level are included in the definition of "sufficient minimal coverage", at least in this proposed legislation.

    It all seems soft-as-a-marshmallow, at least until the Senate Finance Committee gets back at it. I agree, it's going to be quite the ride!

  • Jeff,

    Thanks for wading through the House bill details and sharing them. Senator Baucus is promising a start to the mark-up process of the Senate Finance Committee's draft bill by the week of Sep 21. Like you, I'll be staying tuned!

  • [...] One passage of President Obama’s speech (that raised Republican heckles) mentioned that the details still have to be worked out. Some of these details presumably include the definition of minimal sufficient coverage and whether CDH plans such as HDHPs (high-deductible health plans) meet the actuarial equivalency test — something I’ve blogged about before. [...]