The new law also requires insurance providers to give real-life examples about how their insurance plans cover expenses for health events such as the birth of a new child or treating chronic diseases.
The Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, issued a report about the benefits of the SBC provision in the Health Care Act this week.
The report states that "low rates of awareness" among health-plan shoppers shows that "much more needs to be done to publicize consumer's rights" under the SBC provision.
The Consumers Union report also suggests that "additional medical scenarios" be added to examples insurance companies provide to potential customers, including examples of costs involved in getting "out-of-network coverage" or costs charged for visits to emergency rooms.
The Consumers Union also found only 50 percent of the respondents participating in their study remembered seeing the SBC sections of their insurance policies when they renewed them.
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