GOP Considers Trimming Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits

Seema Verma, who is President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, has said that maternity benefits should be optional.

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Seema Verma, who is President Trump’s nominee to head the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, has said that maternity benefits should be optional.

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As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the Affordable Care Act, many suggest that shrinking the list of services that insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility.

That option came to the forefront last week when Seema Verma, who is slated to run the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services in the Trump administration, noted at her confirmation hearing that coverage for maternity services should be optional in those health plans.

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