HHS 'Corrects' Obamacare Rule, Waives Comment Period and 30-Day Delay

Townhall.com Staff
Posted: Jan 07, 2014 9:26 AM
On New Year's Eve day, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule correction was entered in the Federal Register related to an Affordable Care Act rule that had been finalized two months earlier. The published version of the rule entitled (in part) ‘‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Program Integrity," subpart M (‘‘Oversight and Program Integrity Standards for State Exchanges’’), failed to include a cross-reference to the small business health options program (SHOP) Exchanges section of the regulations. This "technical nonconformity" meant that SHOP's were not subject to the new rule. Since HHS believed the intent of the original rule was clear, the correction was made without the usual comment period and 30-day delay before the rule would take effect in 2014.