Forum Session

Focus on Reform: How a Law Becomes a Reg - Regulatory Processes to Implement Legislation
July 22, 2010


Judith D. Moore


This National Health Policy Forum "Focus on Reform" session, the sixth in the series, reviewed the regulatory processes that are followed by the executive branch in implementing legislation, with specific comments on major regulations required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The discussion examined basic federal rulemaking processes, including the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act and similar legal provisions. The clearance processes established within the executive branch, including the role of OMB, HHS and its various agencies, and other executive departments were described. Speakers provided basic information and discussed past examples of implementation practices to highlight potential PPACA implementation schedules and activities. Non-regulatory strategies for implementing policy were also discussed


Curtis Copeland, PhD, Specialist in American National Government, Congressional Research Service; Thomas Hoyer, retired Senior Executive, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; Joyce Somsak, Associate Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; S. Lawrence Kocot, JD, Deputy Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform, Brookings Institution

Slides from the presentation by Dr. Copeland are available for download.

Related Materials

For more information on this topic, see the following reports by the Congressional Research Service:

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