WASHINGTON BUREAU — The National Association of Insurance Commissioners is asking the leaders of 3 House committees to give up the idea of creating a separate federal agency with strong powers to oversee health delivery.
The proposal is in Section 141 of the “committee print” of H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act,” the health system bill now being marked up in the House.
The provision would create the Health Choices Administration, an independent federal agency headed by a commissioner appointed by the president.
The HCA would have market conduct oversight authority as well as authority to establish standards for operation of the public health coverage plan that is part of the House bill.
The HCA also would have authority to establish standards for qualified private plans and oversee the health insurance exchange that would serve as an Internet-based clearinghouse for health insurance information and choices.
The House Ways and Means Committee is meeting today to mark up the finance-related sections of H.R. 3200.
The House Energy and Commerce and Education and Labor Committees will mark up their portions of the bill next week.
The plan is to have the bill ready for floor action by next Thursday.