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New Hampshire to base PPACA benchmark on WellPoint plan

The New Hampshire Statehouse (AP Photo: Jim Cole)
The New Hampshire Statehouse (AP Photo: Jim Cole)

New Hampshire officials have picked the Matthew Thornton Blue small group plan to be the state's essential health benefits (EHB) benchmark plan.

State Rep. John Hunt, the chairman of the state's Joint Health Care Reform Oversight Committee, has written to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce the state's EHB benchmark selection.

If the law takes effect on schedule and works as drafters expect, it will require all individual and small group major medical plans to offer the standardized EHB package by 2014, in an effort to help consumers compare plans on an apples-to-apples basis.

HHS has asked each state to design its own EHB package.

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