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Regulations under the Affordable Care Act and Dodd-Frank

Interested in the significant regulatory actions* taken under the PPACA (the Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148) or the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, P.L. 111-203)? You can easily find them on the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) site.

OIRA’s site is at Choose the “Regulatory Review” drop-down menu. From the menu choose “Search.” This brings you to the “Search of Regulatory Review” page. There are several ways in which you can limit your searches, including by agency, by rulemaking stage, by type of legal deadline, or by whether the regulation’s statutory authority is from PPACA or Dodd-Frank.

As of today there have been 168 reviews concluded under the Affordable Care Act, and there are 9 pending. If we look at the Fall 2011 Unified Agenda for RIN** 0938-AQ35, click on the RIN and choose Fall 2011, we learn that section 1205 of the PPACA is the legal authority for this rulemaking. We also learn that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the “Federal Register” on February 25, 20011, and that the comment period ended April 26, 2011. There is also a link to the full text of the NPRM. Additional information includes, information on small entities affected, if any, if there are federalism issues, which level of government is effected, and agency contact information, address, phone, and email.

For more information about the creation of federal administrative regulations see:  Research Steps: Creation of a Federal Regulaton.


*“Significant regulatory actions” as defined by Executive Order 12866. These regulations are reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

**RIN stands for “Regulation Identifier Number.” This number is assigned by the the Office of Management and Budget to regulatory actions listed in agency Unified Agendas.