ACHA Health Care Reform Regulatory Update - August 2010:

08/13/10.As indicated in its mid-June update to the membership, ACHA has partnered with several higher education associations — American Council on Education (ACE), Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and others — in efforts to effectively advocate for the continuation of student health insurance plans and to obtain needed clarification in regulations to be written by the Department of Health and Human Services. ACHA is very pleased with the broad collaboration it has built with ACE and other higher education associations in support of issues of importance to ACHA members in regard to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Since our last report, ACHA’s leadership has worked closely with ACE in crafting a joint letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary, US Department of HHS and Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, seeking clarification on key provisions of the PPACA that affect the continuation of affordable student health plans. Specifically, the letter, accompanied by an issue paper, seeks regulatory clarification with regard to the application of the legislation’s insurance market reforms and the individual mandate to college student health plans.

ACHA is pleased that ACE and eleven other prominent higher education organizations have joined in this letter dated August 12th thereby increasing the visibility and impact of our collective effort. While this collaborative effort may not encompass all of the issues relevant to achieving our ultimate goal of offering high quality, comprehensive and cost-effective student health plans, it represents an important step in the advocacy process.

ACHA is cognizant of quickly approaching renewal deadlines, and will immediately forward technical guidance once it is received in response to our request.

ACHA encourages its members to share a copy of this letter with their campus governmental affairs representatives and to discuss with them the potential impact of these issues on your student health insurance and benefit plans.

Please click here to read the letter and issue paper [pdf].