After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last week on the healthcare reform law, providers and payers can resume their focus on pending federal regulations. But they shouldn't hold their breath that HHS will release those rules before the November elections.
Voters will visit the polls in four months, which doesn't leave much time for HHS to issue some of the complicated regulations that healthcare providers and payers have anticipated. I spoke about this issue recently with Anne Hance and Eric Zimmerman, partners at the Washington office of law firm McDermott, Will and Emery. As Hance explained, these regulations include a proposed or final rule on essential health benefit packages that the Affordable Care Act requires of health plans. HHS has released two bulletins to offer the industry some guidance on essential health benefits, but they were not actual regulations and they generated many questions for the industry.
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