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Price previews next Obamacare regulatory steps

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Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price gave House Republicans a preview of the next regulatory steps he's planning to take to ease Obamacare's rules, which will include more steps to stabilize the individual health insurance market and a measure to soften the law's "essential health benefit" requirements.

Here's what HHS is considering, according to a GOP source in the room:

  • A new market stabilization rule, likely in mid-April.
  • A rule addressing the essential benefits.
  • A measure targeting "direct enrollment, in which an insurance agent logs on to a health insurer's website to help the consumer enroll.
  • Giving states more flexibility to restrict special enrollment and grace periods for paying premiums.
  • A rule to encourage "Section 1332" waivers, in which a state can opt out of some of Obamacare's rules if it can achieve the same goals in different ways.
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