With the Affordable Care Act beginning in January 2014, fully insured small group and individual health plans on and off the Exchange/Marketplace must cover essential health benefits (EHB).
Essential health benefits are minimum requirements for all plans in the Marketplace. Plans may offer additional coverage. You will see exactly what each plan offers when you compare them side-by-side in the Marketplace.
Essential health benefits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will include the following general categories:
According to the Affordable Care Act, plans of all sizes that cover benefits designated as Essential Health Benefits, including self-funded plans, must cover these benefits with no annual limits or lifetime maximums.
Footnote: This is a brief overview of Essential Health Benefits required by the Affordable Care Act. You should read thoroughly and understand the benefits offered before purchasing any insurance policy.