Friday, October 7, 2011
The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) report is now available from the IoM web site, here. Press reaction is here and here. An excellent summary from NEJM is here. A paragraph from the "Brief" that caught my eye follows:
One way to think about the EHB package is to compare HHS’s task to going grocery shopping. One option is to go shopping, fill up your cart with the groceries you want, and then find out what it costs. The other option is to walk into store with a firm idea of what you can spend and to fill the cart carefully, with only enough food to fit within your budget. The committee recommends that HHS take the latter approach to developing the EHB package and to keep in mind what small employers and their employees can afford. Employers who offer insurance packages make such choices now.
So, the slow journey to bending the cost curve continues! BTW, our colleague Amy Monahan, here, served on the IoM Committee.