45 CFR 156.200 - QHP issuer participation standards.

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§ 156.200 QHP issuer participation standards.
(a) General requirement. In order to participate in an Exchange, a health insurance issuer must have in effect a certification issued or recognized by the Exchange to demonstrate that each health plan it offers in the Exchange is a QHP.
(b) QHP issuer requirement. A QHP issuer must—
(1) Comply with the requirements of this subpart with respect to each of its QHPs on an ongoing basis;
(2) Comply with Exchange processes, procedures, and requirements set forth in accordance with subpart K of part 155 and, in the small group market, § 155.705 of this subchapter;
(3) Ensure that each QHP complies with benefit design standards, as defined in § 156.20;
(4) Be licensed and in good standing to offer health insurance coverage in each State in which the issuer offers health insurance coverage;
(5) Implement and report on a quality improvement strategy or strategies consistent with the standards of section 1311(g) of the Affordable Care Act, disclose and report information on health care quality and outcomes described in sections 1311(c)(1)(H) and (I) of the Affordable Care Act, and implement appropriate enrollee satisfaction surveys consistent with section 1311(c)(4) of the Affordable Care Act;
(6) Pay any applicable user fees assessed under § 156.50; and
(7) Comply with the standards related to the risk adjustment program under 45 CFR part 153.
(c) Offering requirements. A QHP issuer must offer through the Exchange:
(1) At least one QHP in the silver coverage level and at least one QHP in the gold coverage level as described in section 1302(d)(1) of the Affordable Care Act; and,
(2) A child-only plan at the same level of coverage, as described in section 1302(d)(1) of the Affordable Care Act, as any QHP offered through the Exchange to individuals who, as of the beginning of the plan year, have not attained the age of 21.
(d) State requirements. A QHP issuer certified by an Exchange must adhere to the requirements of this subpart and any provisions imposed by the Exchange, or a State in connection with its Exchange, that are conditions of participation or certification with respect to each of its QHPs.
(e) Non-discrimination. A QHP issuer must not, with respect to its QHP, discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation.

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  • 2014-05-27; vol. 79 # 101 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    1. 79 FR 30240 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond
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      DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
      Final rule.
      This rule is effective July 28, 2014 except for amendments to 45 CFR 155.705 which are effective May 27, 2014.
      45 CFR Parts 144, 146, 147, 148, 153, 154, 155, 156, and 158

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Title 45 published on 2013-10-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 45 CFR 156 after this date.

  • 2014-07-01; vol. 79 # 126 - Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    1. 79 FR 37262 - Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Annual Eligibility Redeterminations for Exchange Participation and Insurance Affordability Programs; Health Insurance Issuer Standards Under the Affordable Care Act, Including Standards Related to Exchanges
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      DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, HHS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
      Proposed rule.
      To be assured consideration, comments must be received at one of the addresses provided below, no later than 5 p.m. on July 28, 2014.
      45 CFR Parts 155 and 156