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CDF-NY Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

Children's Defense Fund - New York submitted comments on HHS' December 2011 EHB Bulletin. In particular, the comments broached the following topics: (1) using the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefits package as a benchmark; (2) strengthening the benchmarks for oral and vision services to include prevention, diagnosis, screening and treatment services that are medically necessary for children; (3) developing a standard definition of pediatric medical necessity; (4) limiting state and insurer flexibility; and (5) benchmark plan selection, updating and monitoring.