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  •  wayne, this is exciting news. I am so happy for (11+ / 0-)

    you!  

    Appears to me that the CMS letter has teeth; I especially noted this bit:

    At the same time, we recognize that some issuers may not have understood the prohibition as described in this guidance when designing their policies for the 2014 coverage year. Accordingly, while issuers are encouraged to implement this clarification for the 2014 coverage year, we expect issuers to come into full compliance with the regulations as clarified in this guidance no later than for plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. We also expect States4 to begin enforcing the regulations in accordance with this clarification no later than for plan or policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2015. CMS will not consider a State to be failing to substantially enforce PHS Act section 2702 in connection with this clarification for earlier policy years.
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    The letter also made it very clear about jurisdiction. I do not see how states can wiggle out of compliance aside from grandfathered policies or specific insurance plan language.   Even here in Georgia.

    WOOT!

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