On May 11, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Treasury Department issued a joint FAQs document that says insurers must not charge for certain preventive care measures, including birth control, anesthesia services for certain procedures, and certain cancer screenings for women. Many insurance companies itemize billing in such a way that it makes it difficult to determine if a service being charged for is associated with a procedure that should cause it to be paid for by the insurer rather than the consumer. The new guidance makes clear that billing must be consistent with the law for covered procedures.
Though new government requirements will impact insurers within 60 days, most individuals will not see major changes take place to their policies until coverage renews for 2016.
Source: Associated Press