Help Wanted: Comments on Health Reform Rulemaking

To effectively implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), federal agencies are drafting rules which will define the meaning, scope, and operation of the new systems and programs found in the health reform law. The Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (OCIIO) has released a number of proposed rules that relate to a variety of health system issues, such as coverage for preventive care services and the Patient’s Bill of Rights.

OCIIO must now permit the public and other stakeholders to comment and offer suggestions for improvements or modifications to the proposed rules. This provides an opportunity for interested parties to take an active role in shaping those policies and programs. it is important that individuals who wish to express their views on proposed rules do so before the comment period ends. Below is a list of recent proposed rules released by OCIIO and the deadlines for issuing comments for each.

Click here to read and comment on the Patient’s Bill of Rights. (Deadline: August 27)

Click here to read and comment on Coverage for Preventive Services. (Deadline: September 17) 

Click here to read and comment on Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Processes. (Deadline: September 21)

Click here to read and comment on the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan Program. (Deadline: September 28)

Click here to read and comment on Planning and Establishment of State Level Exchanges

Source: National Coaltiion on Health Care

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