On February 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) published its annual draft rule governing core provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the operation of the marketplaces, standards for individual and small-group market health plans, and premium stabilization programs. This expert perspective focuses on several policies that would have implications for state insurance regulation and the operation of the state-based marketplaces (SBMs). Comments on the rule are due March 2, 2020.
Association Health Plan Proposed Rule: Summary and Implications for States
Sabrina Corlette, The Center on Health Insurance Reforms at Georgetown University
In response to President Trump’s October 12 executive order (EO), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published proposed rules to expand the availability of health coverage sold through associations to small businesses and self-employed individuals. The public has until March 6, 2018 to submit comments on these proposed rules. The full brief provides state health officials with a detailed review of the content of the proposed rule and examines the implications for states. The State Health Policy Highlight, Summary of the Association Health Plan Proposed Rule, is a quick study of the ways in which association health plans would be exempt from some Affordable Care Act requirements under the proposed rule.