The final rule of U.S. Health and Human Services on affordable insurance exchanges is expected out this month, with reports that it can be as soon as this week or by the end of the month.

The rule is expected to institutionalize how exchanges should implement outreach and education programs and comply with oversight and program integrity requirements. States have great flexibility in the design of Exchanges, and in order to ensure a process that is simplified, streamlined, and standardized across the country, the NPRM establishes standards for consumer protections for all exchanges, according to HHS.

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