Letters and Correspondences
Comments on the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely RuleHealth
First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services urging them to immediately withdraw the proposed “Regulations Rule.”
We appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the proposed rule, “Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely” (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulations Rule”). The proposed rule would retroactively impose an expiration provision on most HHS regulations and establish “assessment” and “review” procedures to determine which, if any, regulations should be retained or revised. The Regulations Rule is an impractical proposal that would create tremendous administrative burden for HHS and would wreak havoc across a broad swath of Department programs and regulated entities from Medicaid and Medicare to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We also strongly object to the truncated 30-day comment period which is insufficient for a rule of this broad scope with potentially harmful effects. We urge HHS to immediately withdraw this proposed rule.