Some members of the healthcare community believe that the regulatory structure in the new health act confers an expost quasi- price control authority to the HHS insurance office. However it should be noted that although Congress addressed federal premium review it also granted considerable discretion to HHS to move towards a joint federal -state partnership (with an emphasis on state) for the review of premiums because of the historical presence of state regulation which is strengthened by an agressive federal grant program to state regulators. Executive Order 12886 requires HHS to make a finding of compelling need prior to moving toward the federal price control scenario.
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Public Comment Requested on Two Federal Reports Which Affect the Federal Regulation of Insurance Premiums
Two higly influential reports have been issued dealing with insurance premiums One study which was authored by the White House: “looks at trends in premiums for American families over the last decade at the state and national level.”
The other study, authored by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation: “… analyzed how health insurance premiums might be affected by enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as proposed by Senator Reid on November 18, 2009.”
The President’s Open Government Directive requires federal agencies to work with non-federal groups to increase the transparency of agency activities. To this end we have developed an Interactive Public Docket (IPD) for the newly created HHS office which oversees the insurance industry.