EHB Listening Sessions Hosted By HHS

Nov 1, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting regional listening sessions regarding essential health benefits. You are invited to attend the sessions. HHS is committed to receiving broad public input on essential health benefits from all stakeholders. Senior HHS officials will be in attendance to listen to stakeholder feedback. Please see below for the table for further details.

Region City Date Time Location RSVP Info
5 Chicago 4-Nov 9:30 AM- noon 233 N Michigan Ave, 13th floor (Room 1329)
Chicago, IL 60601

by 1-Nov

1 Boston 8-Nov 1-3 PM John F. Kennedy Federal Building
15 New Sudbury St., Conference Room 2075 (20th floor)
Boston, MA 02203

by 4-Nov

3 Philadelphia 8-Nov 10 AM -noon Public Ledger Building, 150 S. Independence Mall West, Conference Rm 419, Philadelphia, PA 19106

by 2-Nov

6 Dallas 9-Nov 10 AM – noon Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX 75204

by 4-Nov

2 New York 14-Nov 10 AM – noon 26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3835
New York, New York 10278

by 9-Nov

7 Kansas City 15-Nov 10 AM – noon Bolling Federal Office Building
8th Floor SSA Conference Room
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106

by 10-Nov

4 Atlanta 16-Nov 10 AM – noon 61 Forsyth St. SW, Suite 5B95, Atlanta, GA 30303-8909

by 14-Nov

10 Seattle 17-Nov 2 – 5 PM Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, South Auditorium, Seattle, WA by 14-Nov
8 Denver 18-Nov 9 AM – noon 999 18th St. South Terrace, Suite 400 Denver, CO 80202

by 10-Nov

9 San Francisco 21-Nov 3 – 5 PM 90 Seventh Street, Suite 5-100
San Francisco, CA 94103

by 15-Nov

The Affordable Care Act ensures Americans have access to quality, affordable health insurance. To achieve this goal, the law ensures plans offered in the new Affordable Insurance Exchanges offer a package of essential health benefits, which are to be defined by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The statute directs the Secretary to consider the scope of benefits provided under a typical employer plan in defining essential health benefits. To inform the Department, HHS received a survey of employer-sponsored coverage conducted by the Department of Labor as well as recommendations from the Institute of Medicine on the criteria and methods for defining and updating essential health benefits.

If you plan to attend the session, we ask that you consider these questions in preparing your comments:

  • In keeping with the title of the Institute of Medicine report “Essential Health Benefits—Balancing Coverage and Cost”, how can the Department best meet the dual goals of balancing the comprehensiveness of coverage included in essential health benefits and affordability?
  • How might the Department ensure that essential health benefits reflect an appropriate balance among the categories so that they are not unduly weighted toward any category?
  • What policy principles and criteria should be taken into account to prevent discrimination against individuals because of their age, disability status, or expected length of life as the Affordable Care Act requires?
  • What models should HHS consider in developing essential health benefits?
  • What criteria should be used to update essential health benefits over time and what should the process be for their modification?


To register for the event, please send an email with your name, organization, title, email address and phone number to the designated RSVP by the RSVP Due Date listed above. (NOTE: In some locations, RSVPs are needed for building security and will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis)