Dozens more O-Care regs coming in 2014

The Obama administration is busy drafting more than 50 additional regulations required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a new government report finds.

The Congressional Research Service identified some 43 proposed and final rules related to the landmark healthcare law that are now under construction at various agencies and are on track to be issued within the next 12 months.

An additional 13 long-term rules are making their way through the regulatory pipeline but will not be finalized in 2014, according to the report.

Produced for Congress, the study is designed to give lawmakers a clearer sense of the work that remains at Department of Health and Human Services, the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies responsible for implementing ObamaCare’s provisions.

“Having a sense of what rules agencies are going to issue and when they are going to issue those rules can help Congress to provide oversight over the regulations that are issued pursuant to the ACA,” according to the report, submitted earlier this month.

Among the 2014 rules in the works are 20 draft regulations, including measures governing hospital payments, new requirements for longtime care facilities and a provision meant to guard against discrimination under the ACA.

Twenty-three final rules are slated to come out this year, including requirements that chain restaurants and vending machines post notices explaining how many calories are in the food they sell to the public.