With BCRA vote loom­ing, HHS seeks com­ments on mar­ket sta­bi­liza­tion

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —Rachel Z. Arndt

HHS is seek­ing in­for­ma­tion on how to make the health­care sys­tem more pa­tient-cen­tric by, among other things, en­cour­ag­ing con­sumer choice in se­lect­ing in­sur­ance plans.

The com­ment pe­riod opened in June in re­sponse to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der aimed at eas­ing any eco­nomic or reg­u­la­tory bur­dens caused by the Af­ford­able Care Act.

The com­ment pe­riod, which closes July 12, co­in­ci­den­tally comes as Se­nate GOP lead­ers con­tinue to fine-tune their ver­sion of an ACA re­pealand-re­place bill, the Bet­ter Care Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Act of 2017.

Many of the top­ics HHS is seek­ing com­ment on mir­ror those raised by Repub­li­cans as they aim to do away with por­tions of Oba­macare. HHS asked about how it could im­prove the in­di­vid­ual and small-group in­sur­ance mar­kets.

Specif­i­cally, it seeks rec­om­men­da­tions on ac­tions that could help con­sumers pick the right plans; how to sta­bi­lize the in­di­vid­ual, small-group and non­tra­di­tional health in­sur­ance mar­kets; how to make health in­sur­ance more af­ford­able for con­sumers and small busi­nesses; and which HHS poli­cies may have hin­dered states’ reg­u­la­tion of their in­sur­ance mar­kets.

HHS is seek­ing in­put on Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der im­pact­ing ACA reg­u­la­tions.

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