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PPACA: Illinois Replaces Filing Guidance

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The Illinois Department of Insurance is scrapping a 2-month-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) compliance bulletin.

The Illinois department issued health policy filing guidance in June, in Company Bulletin 2010-04. Since then, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies have published major interim final regulations.

The department has published a new PPACA filing bulletin, Company Bulletin 2010-04A, that replaces the June bulletin in its entirety, officials say.

PPACA, part of the Affordable Care Act package, will require health insurers to start making many changes starting Sept. 23. PPACA has imposed new restrictions on rescissions, added new internal and external appeal rights, required carriers to offer first-dollar coverage for preventive services, and made many other changes.

Insurers can either use a PPACA endorsement template and file the results through an accelerated process, or they can use the standard filing process, officials say.