Senior Policy Analyst
Health reform took a major step forward this week, as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rules detailing the standards for the health insurance exchanges that the Affordable Care Act calls for.
These competitive marketplaces are a centerpiece of health reform and will give individuals, families, and small businesses multiple options of private health insurance plans that meet basic standards. States planning to set up their own exchanges now have much of the information they need to move forward.
While we are still reviewing the new rules, several improvements since HHS’s initial proposals are worth highlighting.