Create an essential health benefits package that provides a comprehensive set of services, covers at least 60% of the actuarial value of the covered benefits, limits annual cost-sharing to the current law HSA limits ($5,950/individual and $11,900/family in 2010), and is not more extensive than the typical employer plan.

Reduce the out-of-pocket limits for those with incomes up to 400% FPL to the following levels:

  • 100-200% FPL: one-third of the HSA limits ($1,983/individual and $3,967/family);
  • 200-300% FPL: one-half of the HSA limits ($2,975/individual and $5,950/family);
  • 300-400% FPL: two-thirds of the HSA limits ($3,987/individual and $7,973/family).

Create a temporary reinsurance program to collect payments from health insurers in the individual and group markets to provide payments to plans in the individual market that cover high-risk individuals.

Require the Office of Personnel Management to contract with insurers to offer at least two multi-state plans in each Exchange. At least one plan must be offered by a non-profit entity and at least one plan must not provide coverage for abortions beyond those permitted by federal law.

Limit deductibles for health plans in the small group market to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families unless contributions are offered that offset deductible amounts above these limits.

Require qualified health plans to meet new operating standards and reporting requirements.

Permit states the option to create a Basic Health Plan for uninsured individuals with incomes between 133-200% FPL who would otherwise be eligible to receive premium subsidies in the Exchange.

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