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CMS releases final benefit, payment standards for 2020 plans

The CMS released its final annual notice of benefit and payment standards for Affordable Care Act plans for the 2020 coverage year, and it lowers the user fee for plans sold on the federal exchange to 3% of premiums and 2.5% for plans sold on state exchanges using the federal platform. It also permits health insurers to use copay accumulator programs to prevent drugmakers' coupons from counting toward a patient's maximum out-of-pocket costs when a generic alternative is available.

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