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A week after the Obama administration heeded insurers’ pleas to put in place tougher rules for special enrollment periods, the administration retreated on a plan to standardize plans available through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) federal marketplace.

In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had proposed standardizing plan offerings, so that all plans for different levels of service (gold, silver, bronze) would have the same deductible. However, the standardization plan was not included in the final rule released by CMS on Monday.

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