PPACA Proposed Rules Poised for Roll Out

On Monday, the federal government will be publishing proposed rules that would implement several major sections of the new health care law. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) rules essentially explain how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be interpreting some of the law’s relatively broad language. This is arguably the biggest piece of health insurance news since the Supreme Court’s ruling on the law earlier this year.

Some of the important topics mentioned in the rules are as follows:

  • The kinds of care that will need to be covered by most health plans and most health insurance policies.
  • The requirement to offer health insurance to all applicants regardless of health status.
  • The circumstances under which health insurance companies can vary their rates.

Once the rules are officially published, interested parties (including health insurance producers) will have until Christmas to submit questions/comments to the department.  For online submissions, use the following link:  http://www.regulations.gov/#!home.