In response to President Trump’s October 12 executive order (EO), the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and Treasury have published proposed rules to expand the availability of health coverage sold through short-term, limited duration insurance (STDLI). The public has until April 23, 2018 to submit comments on these proposed rules; the new standards are slated to be effective 60 days after publication of the final rules.
Consumer Organization Directory for State Health Insurance Regulators
Sally McCarty and Kayla Connor, Center on Health Insurance Reforms, Georgetown Health Policy Institute
State action to prevent discriminatory benefit designs has been prompted, in part, by vital input from consumer advocacy organizations. Recognizing the important role that they can occupy in this process, the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms sought to gather a directory of these organizations. Georgetown gathered those organizations willing to be made available to states as resources to insurance regulators in need of assistance with identifying discriminatory benefit designs or for other regulatory tasks that require expertise related to a certain disease group or consumer concern. This resource, which resulted from invitations sent to health-related consumer groups that signed the 2014 “We are (Still) Essential” letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell, is intended to serve as a resource for regulators seeking assistance from these groups.