10 Essential Health Benefits Passes House

April 30, 2018

Under current federal law, health insurance plans must cover 10 essential benefits that include many basic services that families rely on. House Bill 5210 ensures that even if the federal health care law changes in the future, Connecticut residents will maintain these benefits in their health care plans.

The bill also expands access to contraception by requiring insurance companies cover a 12-month supply of contraception, a measure that would benefit women using the birth control pill.

Since the 10 benefits are already included in health plans now, this bill should not have any significant impact on consumers’ premiums. But the financial impact for families if these benefits were no longer guaranteed could be devastating.

The ten essential health benefits I voted to protect are:

  • Ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn health care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

The bill now goes to the Senate.