Benefit or Burden? State Defines Required Health Coverage

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Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the Affordable Care Act is the requirement to buy health insurance. To some, it’s a blessing, to others it’s a burden. But what the required insurance plans will look like, or what they’ll cost is a mystery to many people, because the work of defining plans was left to the states. Well, Colorado has just sketched this out. We get an update from CPR’s Health Reporter, Eric Whitney, who checks in occasionally to share what’s brewing on his beat.

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To read what's in Colorado's Benchmark Essential Health Benefits Plan go to this link and enter "Essential Health Benefits" in the search box.

For more on how Colorado picked this plan, read Eric's recent piece for Kaiser Health News.

Will you qualify for a subsidy to help you buy health insurance? Try the Kaiser Family Foundation's subsidy calculator.