Sunday, November 28, 2010

We have to pass this bill so that you can find out what is in it

Perhaps missed in the excitement over other wonderful things we have been finding out about health insurance reform, here is a snippet from the Institute of Medicine:

"At the request of the Secretary of HHS, the IOM is undertaking a study that will make recommendations on the criteria and methods for determining and updating the essential health benefits package."

At first I misread this. At first I misunderstood that the Institute of Medicine was asked to define essential medical services. I am relieved to find out instead that IOM has been assigned to work on the design of insurance benefits.
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