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  • New Rules Require Insurers to Provide Clear and Concise Summaries for Policyholders

    Yesterday, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, jointly published new rules requiring health insurers and group health plans to provide concise and comprehensible information about health plan benefits and coverage to the millions of Americans with private health care coverage. 

    Specifically, the rules will ensure that consumers have access to 2 key documents to help them understand and evaluate their health insurance choices:

    All health plans and insurers will provide an SBC to shoppers and enrollees at important points in the enrollment process, such as upon application and at renewal. A key feature of the SBC is a new, standardized plan comparison tool called "coverage examples," similar to the Nutrition Facts label required for packaged foods. The coverage examples will illustrate sample medical situations, such as such as giving birth (normal delivery) or managing type 2 diabetes (routine maintenance, well controlled), and describe how much coverage the plan would provide so consumers can directly compare one plan to another.

    These final regulations apply to disclosures for participants and beneficiaries who enroll or re-enroll in group health coverage through an open enrollment period (including re-enrollees and late enrollees) beginning on the first day of the first open enrollment period that begins on or after September 23.

    Daily News Brings CSM to You

    Couldn't make it to Chicago? Read what's been happening at the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in the February 9 and February 10 issues of CSM 2012 Daily News.

    Application Deadline Approaches for Vision Task Force

    Time is running out to submit your application and CV to serve on a new Board-appointed task force.

    At its June 2011 meeting, the House of Delegates adopted a motion charging the association to review and revise its current APTA Vision Sentence for Physical Therapy 2020 and APTA Vision Statement for Physical Therapy 2020 (HOD P06-00-24-35) to reflect the vision of the profession of physical therapy and its commitment to society beyond 2020. To fulfill this charge and facilitate the Board of Directors ability to create and implement a strategic plan to achieve the House-adopted vision, a Board-appointed Vision Task Force is being created. APTA members interesting in serving on this task force should complete and submit the volunteer application and CV by 11:59 PM ET February 15. Applications should be submitted via e-mail or by fax to 703/706-8519.

    E-mail APTA's Governance Department with questions regarding this task force or call 800/999-2782, ext 3256, for assistance.