HHS releases rule on insurance Web portal

Web portal to offer insurance coverage options

The Health and Human Services Department wants advice on creating a Web portal to offer information allowing consumers to compare health care insurance coverage options, a feature of the health reform law.

HHS released a copy of its interim final rule for the Health Care Reform Insurance Web Portal Requirements. The rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on May 5, and public comments are due in 30 days.

The interim final rule describes the categories of information that will be collected and displayed on the portal. The data will be collected from states, associations and high-risk insurance pools, the notice said.

The goal is to offer consumers a Web resource with standardized formats of information, the notice states. Standardized data to allow people to compare insurance coverage plans “would empower consumers by increasing informed choice and promoting market competition,” the interim rule states.

“We intend to provide a Web portal that provides information to consumers in a clear, salient, and easily navigated manner," the notice states. "We plan to minimize the use of technical language, jargon, or excessive complexity in order to promote the ability of consumers to understand the information and act in accordance with what they have learned."

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.