The 365 page rule released Friday is Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019.
A stated goal is increasing states’ power to administer the Affordable Care Act. A focus on increased flexibility for states has been touted as the Trump administration’s approach to healthcare policy.
Significantly, states will be allowed to modify their essential health benefits benchmark plan annually, beginning as early as 2019.
Fierce Healthcare reports CMS says:
In addition to granting states more flexibility regulating their markets, we believe this change would permit states to modify EHBs to increase affordability of health insurance in the individual and small group markets.
Read the Ten Ways the Trump administration intends to loosen the ACA market rules in Modern Healthcare
Read the proposed rule at HHS