Health Care Reform Shifts to Implementation
Posted at 12:45 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2012
“The new waiting game in healthcare isn’t about the political future of the Affordable Care Act, but rather the huge amount of work that still has to be done to implement it,” according to The Hill.
“Since Election Day, HHS has submitted regulations to the Office of Management and Budget on essential health benefits, insurance regulations, wellness programs and quality initiatives. Essential benefits — the 10 categories of procedures that health plans will have to cover — will be one of the most highly anticipated rules of the entire implementation process, with major implications for states as well as the insurance industry. HHS doesn’t appear to have sent over a rule yet on the federal exchange, another big-ticket item for states as well as industry stakeholders.”
“With the healthcare law’s political future now assured, the focus over the next few months will be on the states and the rule-making process, and all signs indicate that a new flood of regulations is about to begin.”