Government must focus on cost of minimum benefits, IOM panel says

10/17/2011 | American Medical News (free content)

An Institute of Medicine panel said the planned expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act could fail if federal officials cannot find a way to both contain costs and balance them with the need for a minimum health benefits package. The panel encouraged the HHS to emphasize evidence-based medicine. "If that package of benefits is too narrow, health insurance might be inadequate to ensure access. If it is too expansive, insurance might become too expensive," said John Ball, chairman of the IOM's essential benefits committee.

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