Now that the ink is dry (mostly) on the health reform bills, the administration is turning to the business of implementation. While the health insurance exchanges won’t open until 2014, there are still a few provisions in the law that go into effect this year. So expect the feds to be very busy in the next several months.
The Department of Health and Human Services plans to issue regulations shortly to clarify the responsibility of health plans in covering children with pre-existing conditions. The agency is also working with states to figure out how to structure high risk insurance pools that will allow adults with pre-existing conditions but no insurance to purchase health insurance at standard market rates.
Hear about all this and more in this week’s edition of the Policy & Practice Podcast.
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— Mary Ellen Schneider (on Twitter @MaryEllenNY)