Obamacare’s Extensive ‘Essential Health Benefits’

Obamacare provides a host of new benefits, some at no cost to enrollees, reports the Wall Street Journal.

“The [‘essential health benefits’] are modeled after those typically offered by large employers and fall into 10 broad categories: outpatient care; emergency care; hospitalization; maternity and newborn care; mental-health services and addiction treatment; prescription drugs; rehabilitative services and devices; laboratory, preventive and pediatric services.”

The rollout of essential health benefits “does move us as a country toward a national standard,” she says. “It provides a basic floor that people can’t fall below.”

“The list [on HealthCare.gov/prevention.] of preventive-care benefits available at no cost to enrollees is long.”