Health Law May Limit HHS Power To Toughen Penalties

Law360, New York (January 18, 2013, 7:31 PM EST) -- Insurers' and state regulators' recent suggestions of stiffer penalties for people who delay getting health insurance under the Affordable Care Act could mitigate lingering concerns that only the sick will enroll and drive up premiums, but it's unclear how much legal authority federal officials have to strengthen the individual mandate, experts say. 

In recent comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the insurance industry and state regulators asked HHS to allow them to impose harsher penalties on people who wait to purchase health...
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