February 15, 2017 / 2:52 PM / 5 months ago

BRIEF-CMS issues proposed rule to increase patients’ health insurance choices for 2018

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Feb 15 (Reuters) - The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services:

* The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services issues proposed rule to increase patients’ health insurance choices for 2018

* Proposed rule would make changes to special enrollment periods, annual open enrollment period, guaranteed availability, network adequacy rules

* Rule proposes to shorten upcoming annual open enrollment period for individual market

* Rule proposes to expand pre-enrollment verification of eligibility to individuals who newly enroll through special enrollment periods in marketplaces

* Rule proposes to expand pre-enrollment verification of eligibility to individuals who newly enroll through special enrollment periods in marketplaces using healthcare.gov

* For the 2018 coverage year, propose an open enrollment period of November 1, 2017, to December 15, 2017

* Rule proposes to address potential abuses by allowing issuer to collect premiums for unpaid coverage, before enrolling patient in next year plan

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