The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a letter to state insurance commissioners Nov. 14 on a transitional policy that would allow individual and small-group market insurers to extend policies that would have otherwise been canceled because they did not meet certain market reforms scheduled to start Jan. 1, 2014. Under the transitional policy, individual or small-group market health insurance coverage that is renewed for a policy year between Jan. 1 and Oct. 1, 2014 will not be considered to be out of compliance with certain market reforms, including the requirement that plans must cover the 10 categories of essential health benefits.
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