Politico - 7/18/12 4:34 PM EDT
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
45 CFR Part 156
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Data Collection to Support Standards Related
to Essential Health Benefits; Recognition of Entities for the Accreditation of Qualified
AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This final rule establishes data collection standards necessary to implement
aspects of section 1302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act),
which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to define essential health benefits.
This final rule outlines the data on applicable plans to be collected from certain issuers to support
the definition of essential health benefits. This final rule also establishes a process for the
recognition of accrediting entities for purposes of certification of qualified health plans.
EFFECTIVE DATE: These regulations are effective on [OFR: Insert 30 days from date of
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Adam Block at (410) 786-1698, for matters related to essential health benefits data collection.
Deborah Greene at (301) 492-4293, for matters related to accreditation of qualified health plans.