05.19.11

Enzi Presses HHS Secretary on Preventing Congressional Review of Medical Loss Ratio Rule

New Reg. Could Eliminate Jobs, Undermine Fraud Detection, and Hurt Efforts to Improve Health Care Quality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today pressed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Administration’s failure to submit the final rule on medical loss ratio requirements to Congress.  Enzi noted the Secretary was required by law to submit the rule, which was published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2010.  After receiving the rule, it can be subject to repeal as part of the Congressional Review Act.

“It was precisely these types of poorly conceived, overly burdensome regulations that prompted Congress to enact the Congressional Review Act, to allow Congress to review Executive Branch regulations,” wrote Senator Enzi.  “This is especially troubling, since this rule has the potential to eliminate over one million U.S. jobs, undermine efforts to detect and prevent health care fraud, and discourage investments that could improve health care quality and reduce costs.”

Senator Enzi requested that the Secretary file the regulation immediately.

A copy of the letter is attached.

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