Public Comment

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) welcomes the input of stakeholders on a variety of issues. Occasionally, we’ll ask for Public Comment on specific issues, so please check this page often for information about public comment periods.

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Update (7/14/16)

Chapter 14: MHBE will ask the Board of Trustees to consider proposed Chapter 14 at a Board meeting in the fall instead of the July Board meeting.

Chapters 15 and 16: Interested parties may submit written comments to MHBE by July 29, 2016 instead of the original due date of July 15, 2016. Please send comments to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.
 

Update (6/20/16)

The MHBE Board of Trustees requested in the Resolution of Board of Trustees Approving Submission of Proposed Amendments to COMAR 14.35.01 and 14.35.07 that MHBE submit the proposed amendments to COMAR 14.35.01.01, COMAR 14.35.01.02 and COMAR 14.35.07 to the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, the House Health, Government and Operations Committee and the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review for the Committees’ consideration and for publication in the Maryland Register for a formal public notice and comment period.
 

Update (6/16/16)

MHBE has revised the schedule for the MHBE Board of Trustees’ consideration of Chapter 14 and the schedule for written comment and Board consideration of Chapters 15 and 16. The Board will be asked to consider proposed Chapter 14 at the July 18, 2016 Board meeting. Stakeholders may continue to submit written comments on Chapters 15 and 16 until July 15, 2016. Interested parties may send written comments to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov. The Board will be asked to consider proposed Chapters 15 and 16 at the September 19, 2016 Board meeting.
 

Update (5/31/2016) – REVISED CHAPTER 16

MHBE has reviewed all comments received regarding proposed COMAR 14.35.16 and is providing a revised and redlined version of this chapter and a chart that summarizes the comments received. MHBE is also providing version 5 of COMAR 14.35.01.02 that incorporates all comments received pertaining to the definitions in general and the specific definitions within Chapters 7, 14-16.

Stakeholders may submit written comments by June 7, 2016 in advance of the June 14, 2016 public meeting. In addition, written comments will be accepted after the meeting until June 24, 2016 that will be considered for inclusion in the version of the proposed regulations presented to the MHBE Board of Trustees on July 18, 2016. Interested parties may send written comments to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.
 

Update (5/24/2016) – GENERAL NOTICE of PUBLIC MEETINGS

MHBE will be hosting two additional public meetings to discuss proposed Chapters 15 (Individual Exchange Carrier Certification Standards) and 16 (Individual Exchange QHP Certification Standards).

Meeting 1:
Date – June 13, 2016
Location – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 750 East Pratt Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore MD 21202
Draft Chapter To Be Covered – Chapter 15

Meeting 2:
Date – June 14, 2016
Location – Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, 750 East Pratt Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore MD 21202
Draft Chapter To Be Covered – Chapter 16

Those not able to attend in person are welcome to participate remotely, via teleconference. For both meetings, dial-in details are as follows:

Dial In Phone Number: 877-620-6892
Conference Code: 106 126 3325
 

Update (5/24/2016) – REVISED CHAPTER 15

MHBE has reviewed all comments received regarding proposed COMAR 14.35.15 and is providing a revised and redlined version of this chapter and a chart that summarizes the comments received. MHBE is also providing version 4 of COMAR 14.35.01.02 that incorporates all comments received pertaining to the definitions in general and the specific definitions within Chapters 7, 14-15.

Stakeholders may submit written comments by June 6, 2016 in advance of the June 13, 2016 public meeting. In addition, written comments will be accepted after the meeting until June 24, 2016 that will be considered for inclusion in the version of the proposed regulations presented to the MHBE Board of Trustees on July 18, 2016. Interested parties may send written comments to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.
 

Update (5/9/2016)

MHBE has reviewed all comments received regarding proposed COMAR 14.35.14 and is providing a revised and redlined version of this chapter and a chart that summarizes the comments received. MHBE is also providing a further revised and redlined version of COMAR 14.35.01.02 that incorporates all general comments received pertaining to definitions and a chart that summarizes these comments received.

 

Update (5/3/2016)

MHBE has reviewed all comments received by April 27, 2016 regarding proposed COMAR 14.35.07. In advance of the May 12, 2016 public meeting that will address proposed COMAR 14.35.07, MHBE is providing a revised, redlined version of the chapter and a chart that summarizes comments received on this chapter and MHBE’s response now. Revisions to COMAR 14.35.01.02 (Definitions) are also being shared at this time and will be updated and re-posted as MHBE’s shares revised and redline versions of proposed COMAR 14.35.14-.17 prior to the May 12 and May 17 or 18 meetings.

Additional written comments may be submitted to MHBE regarding proposed COMAR 14.35.07 version 2 by May 23, 2016 at mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.

Additionally, MHBE’s response to comments specifically about MHBE’s approach to implementing federal requirements in state regulations may be found here.
 

General Notice

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) has drafted regulations that pertain to eligibility and enrollment in a qualified plan through the Exchange, certification to participate on the Exchange as a carrier and certification to offer a qualified plan for sale on the Exchange. MHBE has authority to regulate these areas under Parts 155 and 156 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations and Title 31 of the Maryland Insurance Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. MHBE seeks informal public comment on the draft regulations through written comments and two meetings in which both members of the MHBE Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) and non-SAC members may be heard.

MHBE will accept written comments on the following draft regulations until April 27, 2016:

  • 14.35.07 – Eligibility and Enrollment in QHP/APTC/CSR
  • 14.35.14 – Termination, Cancellation and Rescission of QHP
  • 14.35.15 – Carrier Certification Standards
  • 14.35.16 – Plan Certification Standards
  • 14.35.17 – Carrier Appeals
  • 14.35.01.02 – Definitions

Interested parties may send written comments concerning these draft regulations to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.

The draft chapters are provided with this notice for public review. Any language that MHBE proposes to strike in COMAR 14.35.01.02 and Chapters 7 and 14, which are being repurposed, is indicated with [brackets] and any language that MHBE proposes to adopt is indicated with italics. All language in Chapters 15-17 is new.

In addition, the following meetings of the SAC will be held to solicit public comment regarding the draft regulations from SAC members and non-SAC members:


Meeting 1:
Date – May 12, 2016; 2-4pm
Location – Fred L. Wineland Building, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Draft Regulations To Be Covered – 14.35.07, 14.35.14 and 14.35.01.02 (applicable to Ch. 7 and 14)

Meeting 2:
Date – May 17, 2016; 1-4pm
Location – Fred L. Wineland Building, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Draft Regulations To Be Covered – 14.35.15, 14.35.16, 14.35.17 and 14.35.01.02 (applicable to Ch 15-17)

Teleconferencing information will be shared prior to the meetings.

MHBE will provide revised drafts of the regulations to be covered at the meeting at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The revised drafts will address comments received from stakeholders by the April 27 written comment due date. MHBE will review the revised drafts at the meeting with stakeholders.

Stakeholders may submit additional written comments to MHBE until May 23, 2016 that will be considered for inclusion in the version of the proposed regulations presented to the MHBE Board of Trustees on June 20, 2016. Interested parties may send written comments to mhbe.policy@maryland.gov.

 

Outline of Draft Regulations – Chapters 7, 14-17