On June 20, 2012, HHS is publishing a final rule to implement the first phase of a process to recognize accrediting entities that will certify qualified health plans for participation in ACA Affordable Insurance Exchanges. In phase one, HHS is recognizing the National Committee for Quality Assurance and URAC as accrediting entities on an interim basis. In phase two, which will be implemented in future rulemaking, HHS intends to adopt a criteria-based review process. The rule also outlines the data on applicable plans that will be collected from certain issuers to support the definition of essential health benefits. HHS intends to establish additional rules on essential health benefit standards in the future.