HHS Releases “Plain Language” Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Labor and Treasury Departments, released this morning the final rule for the standardized information forms insurance companies are required to provide to consumers under the Affordable Care Act.  The new forms, which insurers will have to make available by September 23rd, “will ensure consumers have access to two key documents that will help them understand and evaluate their health insurance choices” according to the press release available at HealthCare.gov.  These include:

  • A short, easy-to-understand Summary of Benefits and Coverage ( or “SBC”); and
  • A uniform glossary of terms commonly used in health insurance coverage, such as “deductible” and “co-payment.”

The full rule can be found here.

Sample template forms and the uniform glossary are available here.

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About Andrew Bowman

Andrew Bowman, legislative assistant at Drinker Biddle & Reath, specializes in legislative research and analysis for government relations clients across a variety of policy areas, including health care, education, and communications. He also has extensive experience with federal lobbying disclosure and campaign finance compliance. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Andrew served as an aide to Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for several years, and was active in the Senator’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

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