The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency that runs Medicare, appears to be taking on an increased role in helping President Trump make good on a campaign promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. The agency this past week issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public comment on “how to create a more flexible, streamlined approach to the regulatory structure of the individual and small group markets.” Translation: CMS wants to roll back many -- if not most -- of the rules it implemented during the Obama era in support of the Affordable Care Act, and it wants the public’s help in doing so. “Our goal through this process is to identify and eliminate or change regulations that are outdated, unnecessary, or ineffective; impose costs that exceed benefits, or create inconsistencies that otherwise interfere with regulatory reform initiatives and policies,” the agency said in issuing the RFI. “We are looking for valuable feedback on how to change existing regulations in ways that put patients first, promote greater consumer choice, enhance affordability and return more contr [...]
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