The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released three new proposed regulations regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) essential health benefit requirements, the new rating rules for individual and small group market policies and new requirements for employer-based wellness programs.
The essential benefits report, created by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has been released. The Affordable Care Act requires the package to reflect benefits covered by a typical employer plan and include 10 categories. According to the report, HHS officials will compare potential services and products against a set of critera, created by the IOM, including medial effectiveness, safety and relative value compared with alternative options, and evaluate whether the package as a whole protects the most vulnerable individuals, promotes services that have proved effective and addresses the medical concerns of greatest important to the public. In keeping with their assigned task, the IOM did not address and specific types of benefits in their recommendations. It instead tells the Secretary of HHS how to define the minimum benefits. Click here to view additional recourses by the IOM including the IOM’s press release, criteria, report brief and report release presentation.
The DOL, HHS, and IRS jointly issued another set of FAQs (Part IV) regarding implementation of the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act. For simplicity, only the questions are included below. You may view the government’s response here or access FAQs Part I, Part II and Part III.