CMS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight director Gary Cohen, in response to a letter from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that CMS will not extend the 30-day comment period on recently proposed Affordable Care Act regulations. Ten GOP Senators sent a letter on December 10 to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Department of the Treasury Secretary Timothy Gaither urging them to extend the comment period to 60 days on three recently-issued proposed rules, citing the scope and potential impact of the rules. Specifically, the Senators requested an extension on the following three rules: 1) Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation (CMS- 2012-0142); 2) Health Insurance Market Rules; Rate Review (CMS-2012-0141); and 3) Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2014 (CMS-2012-0152). The letter called for a fully transparent and fair regulatory process that allows stakeholders to thoroughly consider the consequence of implementing these rules. Cohen said that many regulations have been previewed through bulletins and other documents that have been made public, and that the 30-day comment period was adequate to obtain public comment. The Senate HELP Committee’s letter is available here.