Key Takeaways From HHS Newly Released Guidance on Exchanges

By: Patricia M. Boozang
– BNA’s Health Care Policy Report

On Nov. 29, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new guidance on the implementation of affordable insurance exchanges, in the form of a questions-and-answers document and an amended funding opportunity announcement for exchange establishment cooperative agreements.

This guidance follows proposed rules issued earlier this year, including and proposed regulations related to exchange functions and qualified health plans and reinsurance, risk adjustment, and risk corridors, released by HHS in July 2011, and a set of three draft regulations from HHS and IRS providing implementation detail on seamless eligibility and enrollment, released in August 2011.

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