Wednesday, Sept. 9, by a voice vote, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (H.R. 1379) with no amendments. The bill would require all individual and group market health plans to cover medically necessary treatment resulting from congenital abnormalities or birth defects. The bill requires plans to provide coverage for any service or treatment that is medically necessary to restore or achieve a normal appearance or function of the body. As currently written, the bill would not include dental plans in its requirements. Discussion during previous hearings and markups has centered exclusively on medical plans. The bill has yet to be voted on by the full House.
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