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Health Care Reform: HHS Health Insurance Market Proposed Rule

Federal Register, November 26, 2012, Page 70583-70617

Agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Action

Proposed rule

Summary

This proposed rule would implement the Affordable Care Act's   policies related to fair health insurance premiums, guaranteed   availability, guaranteed renewability, risk pools, and catastrophic   plans. The proposed rule would clarify the approach used to enforce the   applicable requirements of the Affordable Care Act with respect to   health insurance issuers and group health plans that are non-federal   governmental plans. This proposed rule would also amend the standards   for health insurance issuers and states regarding reporting,   utilization, and collection of data under section 2794 of the Public   Health Service Act (PHS Act). It also revises the timeline for states   to propose state-specific thresholds for review and approval by CMS.  

Dates

To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on December 26, 2012.

Addresses

In commenting, please refer to file code CMS-9972-P. Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed): 1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ``Submit a comment'' instructions. 2. By Regular Mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9972-P, P.O. Box 8012, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period. 3. By Express or Overnight Mail. You may send written comments to the following address only: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: CMS-9972-P, Mail Stop C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. 4. By Hand or Courier. Alternatively, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments only to the following addresses prior to the close of the comment period: a. For delivery in Washington, DC-- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Room 445-G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the CMS drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp- in clock is available for persons wishing to retain a proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the comments being filed.) b. For delivery in Baltimore, MD--Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Baltimore address, call telephone number (410) 786-9994 in advance to schedule your arrival with one of our staff members. Comments erroneously mailed to the addresses indicated as appropriate for hand or courier delivery may be delayed and received after the comment period. For information on viewing public comments, see the beginning of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.

Further Information

Jacob Ackerman, (410) 786-1565, concerning the health insurance market rules; Douglas Pennington, (410) 786-1553 (or by email: ratereview@hhs.gov), concerning rate review.

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