Over the coming years, the federal government will be issuing many regulations with guidance on how the provisions of the Affordable Care Act must be implemented. For each regulation, there is typically a comment period where the issuing agency seeks public input on the proposed content of the regulation. Public comments are often incorporated into the final rulemaking – this means that YOU can influence the rollout of healthcare reform by submitting comments!
The National Council will keep you updated about upcoming opportunities to submit comments. Stay tuned to MentalHealthcareReform.org for more details!
View the National Council’s Comments on Past Regulations:
- Section 1115 Demonstration Waivers: Sets forth proposed transparency and public notice procedures for demonstration projects approved under section 1115 Medicaid and CHIP waivers. (Proposed Rule) Read our joint comments.
- Planning and Establishment of State-Level Exchanges: Requests public input on how the state health insurance exchanges should be structured. Read our comments. (Request for Comment) Read our comments.
- Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP): Provides guidance on how states may establish temporary high-risk pools for individuals who are unable to obtain insurance. (Interim Final Rule; effective July 30, 2010) Read our comments.
- Internal Claims and Appeals and External Review Processes: Revises the process by which consumers may appeal insurance company decisions. (Interim Final Rule; effective Sept. 21, 2010) Read our comments.
- Coverage of Required Preventive Services: Lists the types of services that must be covered at no charge to consumers, including certain behavioral health services. (Interim Final Rule; effective Sept. 13, 2010) Read our joint comments with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the Coalition for Whole Health.
- Pre-existing Condition Exclusions, Lifetime/Annual Limits: Provides details on the ACA’s ban on lifetime limits as well as the prohibition on insurance plans excluding consumers with pre-existing conditions. Also outlines the phasing down of annual limits from 2010 until such limits are banned in 2014. (Interim Final Rule; effective Aug. 27, 2010) Read our joint comments.
- Status as a Grandfathered Health Insurance Plan: Defines which insurance plans are exempt from complying with certain requirements of the law. (Interim Final Rule; effective June 14, 2010) Read our joint comments.