Senate OKs bill to increase health options for sole proprietors, define essential services in health insurance

STATE HOUSE – The Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chairman Joshua Miller to authorize the state to seek a federal waiver under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow sole proprietors and the self-employed to purchase their health insurance in the small group market instead of the individual market, as they were allowed until 2016. The bill would also enact a list of 10 essential health benefits that all health insurance policies would be required to provide, and mandate that preventive services be provided without patient cost-sharing.

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