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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published November 20, 2012

CARDIN APPLAUDS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON NEW PROPOSED RULES FOR HEALTH INSURERS



CARDIN APPLAUDS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON NEW PROPOSED RULES FOR HEALTH INSURERS


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Susan Sullam, 410-962-4436
November 20, 2012
 

CARDIN APPLAUDS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON NEW PROPOSED RULES FOR HEALTH INSURERS

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) today applauded the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for issuing proposed rules that insurance companies will have to follow under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new rules issued today outline requirements in three areas:  market reforms, essential health benefits, and wellness programs. 
 
“I commend HHS Secretary Sebelius for developing these important guidelines that will enable Americans to access to health coverage that is affordable, comprehensive, and reliable.  Now Maryland can continue to move forward to expand coverage including lifesaving preventive services, to our citizens.  The proposed rules also guarantee an end to pre-existing condition exclusions, fair pricing of health care premiums, and lower-priced options for young adults.  
 
“I have been a long-time advocate of access to dental care for our nation’s children, and I am particularly pleased that a pediatric dental benefit must be available as part of the essential health benefit package or as a stand-alone dental plan.”