Department Of Health And Human Services

Economically Significant Regulation

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014

December 7, 2012 - 77 FR 73117 - RIN: 0938-AR51 - Download Full Notice: Text | PDF

This proposed rule provides further detail and parameters related to: the risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors programs; cost-sharing reductions; user fees for a Federally- facilitated Exchange; advance payments of the premium tax credit; a Federally-facilitated Small Business Health Option Program; and the medical loss ratio program. The cost-sharing reductions and advanced payments of the premium tax credit, combined with new insurance market reforms, will significantly increase the number of individuals with health insurance coverage, particularly in the individual market. The premium stabilization programs--risk adjustment, reinsurance, and risk corridors--will protect against adverse selection in the newly enrolled population. These programs, in combination with the medical loss ratio program and market reforms extending guaranteed availability (also known as guaranteed issue) protections and prohibiting the use of factors such as health status, medical history, gender, and industry of employment to set premium rates, will help to ensure that every American has access to high-quality, affordable health insurance.

Agency Contact: Sharon Arnold at (301) 492-4286, Laurie McWright at (301) 492-4311, or Jeff Wu at (301) 492-4305 for general information.

This is a proposed regulation.

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