Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a number of proposed regulations and guidance regarding the Affordable Care Act. The regulations address the essential health benefits that must be included in the health insurance plans sold in the private state exchange insurance market place. The Arc is very concerned about the lack of definition of habilitation in the proposed rule and will carefully review the regulations.
HHS also released proposed rules on the health insurance market reforms that will take effect in 2014. The reforms include guaranteed availability of coverage, fair health insurance premiums, and guaranteed renewability of coverage. Comments on these critical rules are due December 26, 2012.