HHS seeks comments on reducing ACA regulatory requirements for individual and small group markets

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking recommendations and input from the public on how to create a more flexible, streamlined approach to the regulatory structure of the individual and small group markets. HHS’ goal through this process is to identify and eliminate or change regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; or create inconsistencies that otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies.

Background.

On January 20, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13765, “Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal,” to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Pursuant to the president’s order, HHS has taken initial steps to reduce burden, improve choices and stabilize the insurance market, including publishing the Market Stabilization Final Rule on April 18, 2017. HHS now seeks input from the public on other changes within its authority and consistent with the law to further achieve these aims.

Type of information requested.

HHS is interested in soliciting public comments about changes to existing regulations or guidance, or other actions within HHS’s authority, that could further the following goals with respect to the individual and small group health insurance markets:

  1. empowering patients and promoting consumer choice;
  2. stabilizing the individual, small group, and non-traditional health insurance markets;
  3. enhancing affordability, and
  4. affirming the traditional regulatory authority of the States in regulating the business of health insurance.

How to send comments.

Comments can be submitted in one of three ways: (1) electronically via http://www.regulations.gov; (2) by regular mail to the following address: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9928-NC, P.O. Box 8016, Baltimore, MD 21244-8016; (3) by express or overnight mail to :Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9928-NC, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. Comments must be submitted by July 12, 2017.

SOURCE: 82 FR 26885, June 12, 2017.
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