The now-finalized set of regulations for health plans that operate on the Affordable Care Act marketplace make good on the government's plan to create standardized exchange plan options despite some pushback from industry stakeholders.
Following criticism from the health insurance industry, the federal government has backed off portions of its proposed rule that would more strictly regulate health plans' network adequacy at the federal level.
The government wants to take a more active role in selecting and designing health plans available on Healthcare.gov--similar to the approach California takes with its exchange.
Now that the federal government plans to charge some states a fee to use Healthcare.gov, officials in those states are trying to decide how they want to manage certain functions of their health insurance marketplaces and are considering collaborating with other states, the National Journal reports.
In response to health insurers' concerns about the Affordable Care Act special enrollment periods, the federal government plans to tighten its regulations to thwart "bad actors" on the exchanges who can be costly to the plans covering them.
Among the slew of criticisms highlighted in recent comment letters about proposed Affordable Care Act marketplace reforms, one major theme emerges--insurers are very concerned about consumers' use of special enrollment periods.
Healthcare industry stakeholders--and particularly, insurers--have a lot to say about the government's proposed host of reforms for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.
Seeking to improve the experience of consumers and health insurers alike, the federal government has proposed a host of reforms for the Affordable Care Act marketplaces.