Officials Release Guidelines for "Essential Benefits Package" to Help Keep Health Coverage Affordable

Health experts from the RAND Corporation are available to comment on a new report from the Institute of Medicine that outlines guidelines for deciding what to include in the new "essential benefits package," which is mandated to be included in certain health insurance plans for individuals and small businesses beginning in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. Such guidelines are intended to help keep health coverage affordable for small businesses and taxpayers, and also scientifically up to date.

Dr. Arthur Kellermann is director of RAND Health and the former cochair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Consequences of Uninsurance.

Christine Eibner is a health care economist and leader of RAND COMPARE, an ongoing, independent effort to provide decisionmakers and the public with objective information about health care reform.

Dr. Robert H. Brook is a renowned expert on the quality of medical care and developer of the widely used of RAND-UCLA appropriateness criteria used to judge the value of medical treatment.

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