After Much Scrutiny, HHS Releases Health Insurance Exchange Rules

The long anticipated rules released Monday are less prescriptive than some consumer advocates desired, but grant states’ requests that they be given broad leeway to design and regulate the marketplaces, called exchanges.

The exchanges are a key element of the federal health care overhaul law. About 11.5 million people are expected to use them the first year — growing to 27 million by 2018 — to comparison shop for coverage.

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