As part of the health reform law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) must define "essential health benefits" for certain health plans and ensure that their scope is equal to the scope of benefits provided under a typical employer plan.
On May 31, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that it was making changes to the federally administered Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
On July 22nd, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided an update on its plans to implement the June 2010 Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA) recommendations related to the current ban on blood donation from men who have ever had sex with a man (MSM).
More than 225 people gathered in Washington, DC, on February 16-18, to advocate for issues that affect people with bleeding disorders during the National Hemophilia Foundation’s annual Washington Days advocacy event.
To address concerns that insurance companies were ceasing to offer child-only individual insurance plans, rather than be forced to guarantee issue to children with pre-existing conditions, the government issued a policy guidance on February 17 reaffirming that children under the age of 19 would be eligible for the government-sponsored Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP).