The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule (.pdf) on Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and beyond that the agency claims is "aimed at giving consumers additional tools to evaluate their options and find plans that best meet their needs and budget." A summary of the rule is also available for download.
The rule covers a range of issues including consumer notices, state restrictions on navigators, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), and cost sharing. The changes, which will be implemented beginning in 2015, address the following areas:
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