30 Day Public Comment Period on Rescinding “Conscience” Rule to Open Tuesday
The Federal Register’s current list of inspection documents (items to be published in upcoming editions) includes notice that the proposed rule to rescind the HHS “conscience” rule will be published on Tuesday, March 10. Its publication on that date will open a 30-day public comment on the newly proposed rule.
On the inspection documents page, look for:
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
See CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
Rescission of the Regulation entitled “Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law
2009-05067 View Pdf
[Filed: 03/06/09 at 11:15am; Publication Date: 3/10/2009]
From there you will be able to download a PDF of the proposed rule (to rescind the “conscience” rule), which includes information on how to comment, background on the issue, and the explanation:
The Department is proposing to rescind in its entirety the final rule entitled “Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law,” published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2008 (73 FR 78072, 45 CFR Part 88).Commenters asserted that the rule would limit access to patient care and raised concerns that individuals could be denied access to services, with effects felt disproportionately by those in rural areas or otherwise underserved. The Department believes that the comments on the August 2008 proposed rule raised a number of questions that warrant further careful consideration. It is important that the Department have the opportunity to review this regulation to ensure its consistency with current Administration policy.
Accordingly, we believe it would benefit the Department to review this rule, accept further comments, and reevaluate the necessity for regulations implementing the statutory requirements. Thus, the Department is proposing to rescind the December 19, 2008 final rule, and we are soliciting public comment to aid our consideration of the many complex questions surrounding the issue and the need for regulation in this area.
Note that you will not be able to comment online via Regulations.gov until the proposed rule is actually published and then added into that system.