Is that steamy summer novel not quite holding your interest? Luckily, CMS has stepped in with its latest publication, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plans.” While this work may not make the New York Times best seller list, this initial attempt at defining the exchanges at a Federal level will be one of the most important pieces of regulation released this year. From the summary:
“This proposed rule would implement the new Affordable Insurance Exchanges
(“Exchanges”), consistent with title I of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010
(P.L. 111-148) as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (P.L.
111-152), referred to collectively as the Affordable Care Act. The Exchanges will provide
competitive marketplaces for individuals and small employers to directly compare available
private health insurance options on the basis of price, quality, and other factors. The Exchanges,
which will become operational by January 1, 2014, will help enhance competition in the health
insurance market, improve choice of affordable health insurance, and give small businesses the
same purchasing clout as large businesses.”
Stay tuned for analysis by the GHG policy team in the coming days. Until then, happy reading.
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