CMS seeks public input on reducing the regulatory burdens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) seeks public input on reducing the regulatory burdens of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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. The goal is to identify and eliminate or change regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits; or create inconsistencies that otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and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.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is looking for feedback on regulations under the ACA to determine whether each rule advances or impedes priorities for stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets; empowers patients and promotes consumer choice; enhances affordability; and returns regulatory authority to the states. Regulations under review include Essential Health Benefits and Actuarial Value, among others.

Feedback can include providing input to improve rules, maintain rules, change rules, remove rules, and more. Some areas for specific requested feedback, include:

  • Empowering patients and promoting consumer choice.  What activities would best inform consumers and help them choose a plan that best meets their needs?
  • Enhancing affordability.  What steps can HHS take to enhance the affordability of coverage for individual consumers and small businesses?
  • Protecting individual independence. How can HHS enhance the opportunities of older adults and people with disabilities to participate in their communities and access the supports they need?

Aging and disability community-based organizations and other groups may wish to provide feedback for these populations and their caregivers and/or family members.

The RFI will be open for public comment for 30 days.

View the Request for Information and details for submitting public comment.

Author: connie dello buono

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