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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a list of new offices it will be creating to implement the parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that affect private health insurance.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has listed the new offices in a notice published today in the Federal Register.

The notice amends the HHS “Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority.”

The HHS secretary’s office now has an Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight that will oversee implementation of the PPACA private insurance provisions.

The CIIO office, in turn, will be in charge of the following entities:

- Office of the Director.

- Office of Oversight.

- Office of Insurance Programs.

- Office of Consumer Support.

- Office of Health Insurance Exchanges.

The oversight office will be in charge of performing rate reviews and giving states grants they can use to set up rate review programs, officials report in the Federal Register notice.

The insurance programs office “is responsible for administering both the temporary high-risk pool programs and associated funding to states and the early retiree reinsurance program,” officials write in the notice.

The consumer support office will put comparative price data on the HHS website, and the health insurance exchanges office will develop and implement “policies and rules governing state-based exchanges.”

The HIE office also will oversee the operations of the new state-based exchange health coverage distribution entities, officials write.

More information about the new CIIO offices HHS is setting up to implement PPACA is available here.



An article about federal agencies’ initial PPACA implementation requests for public comments notices is available here.


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