The new federal Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight is one of the agencies helping to roll out the new grandfathered health plan interim final rules.
The OCIIO, an arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, put out the interim final regulations together with the Internal Revenue Service, which is an arm of the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Employee Benefits Security Administration, an arm of the U.S. Labor Department.
The new Affordable Care Act – the legislative package that includes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the “PPACA fixer” bill, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act – called for HHS officials to establish the OCIIO. Jay Angoff, a former Missouri insurance commissioner, is the director of the OCIIO.
Public comments on the interim final regulations are due Aug. 16.
The IRS also has published the regulations as a set of proposed rules. Comments on the proposed rules version are due Sept. 15.
Employers that sponsor group health plans and insurers that issue individual health insurance policies can use the interim final rules to maintain “grandfathered” status, meaning that the plans will be exempt from many new ACA health plan requirements.
The interim rules could apply to about 2.2 million health plans covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and about 105,000 non-ERISA health plans, such as government plans and plans offered by Native American tribal governments, officials estimate in the preamble to the interim rules.