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Obama administration pencils in 2018 rules

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Obama administration officials have started drafting the rules for the 2018 plan issuer application process.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created to provide Affordable Care Act public exchange enrollment services in states that are unwilling or unable to handle exchange enrollment services themselves.

Donald Trump, the president-elect, has promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. At press time, he had not yet given details about how he wants to handle the ACA public exchange system.

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Under current HHS rules, the open enrollment period for 2018 would start Nov. 1, 2017, and end Jan. 31, 2018.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an HHS division, has released three draft documents for administering and other ACA programs in 2018. Comments on the drafts are due Dec. 1.

One of the documents, a proposed plan certification schedule, calls for insurers to submit 2018 exchange participation applications from April 5, 2017, through May 3, 2017.

CMS wants to have all plan rate and form information locked in by Aug. 21, 2017, and it wants to get formal issuer agreements from the issuers by Sept. 15, 2017.

Another document, a draft letter to issuers, keeps in place a provision that states that agent and broker compensation levels are up to the producers and the exchange plan issuers, and that will play no role in setting compensation levels or in helping producers enforce compensation agreements.

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