HHS is seeking information on how to make the healthcare system more patient-centric by, among other things, encouraging consumer choice in selecting insurance plans.
The comment period opened in June in response to President Donald Trump's executive order aimed at easing any economic or regulatory burdens caused by the Affordable Care Act.
The comment period, which closes July 12, coincidentally comes as Senate GOP leaders continue to fine-tune their version of an ACA repeal-and-replace bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.
Many of the topics HHS is seeking comment on mirror those raised by Republicans as they aim to do away with portions of Obamacare. HHS asked about how it could improve the individual and small-group insurance markets.
Specifically, it seeks recommendations on actions that could help consumers pick the right plans; how to stabilize the individual, small-group and nontraditional health insurance markets; how to make health insurance more affordable for consumers and small businesses; and which HHS policies may have hindered states' regulation of their insurance markets.