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Providing Relief Right Now for Patients

A functioning, competitive market for health insurance is a crucial element of providing patients access to quality, affordable care. But with skyrocketing premiums and narrowing choices, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has done damage to this market and created great burdens for many Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is committed to doing everything in our power to provide relief immediately. Within what the law allows, HHS is taking action to stabilize the individual and small group insurance markets (the markets most affected by the ACA) so that they work better for everyone.

We are going through every page of regulations and guidance related to the Affordable Care Act to determine whether or not they work for patients and whether or not they are making our health care system better.

Making Online Insurance Enrollment Easier for You

health insurance enrollment

May 17, 2017

HHS plans to streamline the process of signing up for individual insurance by making it easier to use tools besides Healthcare.gov.

Paving the Way for Patient-Centered State Innovation

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May 16, 2017

HHS releases an Innovation Waiver Checklist to support states applying for exemptions from certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Empowering Small Businesses with Healthcare Choices

Small Business

May 15, 2017

CMS plans to propose streamlining the way small businesses can buy insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Stabilizing the Market for Patients

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April 13, 2017

We’ve released new rules for the individual insurance market to boost competition, keep down premiums, and discourage gaming the system. Read on to find out how they work.

Making Medicaid Work for Patients and States

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March 14, 2017

HHS Secretary Price and CMS Administrator Verma sent a letter to states expressing openness to new ideas that would improve access to care for patients in the Medicaid program.

Unleashing State Innovation for Patients

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March 13, 2017

HHS is committed to offering the most flexibility we can under the law to let states figure out ways to offer more choices at better prices.

Helping Patients Keep Their Plan

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February 23, 2017

We’re going to let millions of Americans hold onto insurance plans that work for them — here’s how.

More Calendar Flexibility = More Options for Patients

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February 17, 2017

We’ve streamlined and delayed deadlines for insurers planning to offer plans in 2018. Read more to find out how this helps you.

Stabilizing the Market for Patients

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February 15, 2017

We’ve released proposals for the individual insurance market to boost competition, keep down premiums, and discourage gaming the system. Read on to find out how they work.


Content created by Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (ASPA)
Content last reviewed on May 18, 2017
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