HHS Issues Final Health Insurance Exchange Rules

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued the final regulations for implementing the state health insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

They allow states more flexibility in determining eligibility for the exchanges than was first given, according to Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, director of coverage policy in HHS' Office of Health Reform. That change was made after "a lot of input from states and stakeholders," she told reporters on a Monday afternoon conference call.

The setup of the exchanges "lets consumers easily determine their eligibility for enrollment and easily enroll in coverage that's right for them," said Brooks-LaSure. That includes using a single streamlined application so that consumers will get a "consistent eligibility determination" without needing to submit different information for the different plans offered.

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