HHS Final Rule Scales Back Affordable Care Act Regulations

    View Author April 2018

    This week, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that will scale back regulations applicable to health insurance subject to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    In issuing the Final Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 Rule (Final Rule), HHS observed that premium rate increases and health insurance company market exits have threatened the stability of individual and small group Exchanges in many regions. According to HHS, the Final Rule enhances the role of the states in regulating health insurance, provides states with additional flexibilities, reduces unnecessary regulatory burdens and improves affordability.