HHS Issues Guidance re: Market Rules, Essential Health Benefits and Wellness Programs - Updated 12/4/12
November 20, 2012
On November 20, 2012, several federal agencies released Proposed Rules on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions:
|Health Insurance Market Rules and Rate Review||Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
|Insurers and group health plans||Proposed rules relating to:
The proposed rule also includes some changes to the current rate review program. Insurers will have to submit all individual and small group rate increases to HHS beginning in 2014.
|Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation||HHS
|Insurers and group health plans||Outlines health insurance issuer standards related to the coverage of essential health benefits (EHB) and the determination of actuarial value (AV) and minimum value; provides state flexibility to shape how EHBs are defined; provides for limits on cost sharing.
Tools & Resources
Benchmark Plans by state *
AV Calculator *
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AV Calculator Methodology *
Proposed Rate Review Data Template *
|Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans||HHS, Labor and the Treasury
|Insurers and group health plans||Effective for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
Expand existing HIPAA wellness program rules to apply in the individual market. The maximum reward will increase from 20% to 30% of the cost of health coverage. For programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use, the maximum reward will be 50%.
HHS News Release:
Includes Fact Sheets for all three proposed rules
Cigna is currently reviewing the guidance and tools, and will provide additional information on these provisions as we complete our analyses in the coming weeks.
We want to wish you and yours a healthy, happy Thanksgiving! Also, in light of Cigna's holiday closure on Friday 11/23, if additional guidance is released late Wednesday or on Friday, we will communicate it to you early next week.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to bookmark our health care reform website, InformedOnReform.com.