Today, the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation released a new issue of Health Care in Motion titled, Preparing for NBPP 2023: New Rules of the Road Expected for Insurers.
It’s that time of year again. The time of year when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) releases their Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) Proposed Rule for the next plan year (in this case, 2023). This federal regulation, accompanied with the annual “Letter to Issuers,” spells out the rules of the road for private insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Biden Administration used the 2022 NBPP to reverse some of the Trump-era provisions that had undercut patient access and affordability (for instance, eliminating the ability of states to forego using Healthcare.gov). However, given timing, some of the anticipated larger changes had to wait until the 2023 plan year.
Which brings us to the NBPP for 2023. The exact timing of release of the draft rule is unknown, but the rule is currently at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the last step before the release of the proposed rule and the beginning of a public notice and comment period.