On April 9, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued final regulations and related guidance on Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions including Essential Health Benefits (EHBs), out-of-pocket (OOP) maximums, and Marketplace updates and reforms. These regulations, generally effective for plans and plan years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2019, largely mirror the proposed regulations issued Oct. 27, 2017.
2019 Out-of-Pocket (OOP) Maximums
The 2019 OOP maximums increase to $7,900 for individual coverage and $15,800 for family coverage. These coverage limits apply to all non-grandfathered plans, regardless of size or funding type.
Essential Health Benefits (EHBs)
For plan years beginning on and after Jan. 1, 2020, the final rule allows states greater flexibility in selecting EHB benchmark plans.
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