blog comment policy

We moderate comments on the blog. To maintain a respectful dialogue, we follow the following guidelines:

  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should be relevant to the website, the Affordable Care Act, and related health insurance and health coverage topics.
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. So are name-calling and starting hostile, disrespectful arguments.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • No spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in way that’s counterproductive to an engaged, participatory exchange of ideas is prohibited. This includes comments that aggressively promote services or products.
  • Don’t share personally identifiable information. Don’t share things like your phone number, home address, plan numbers, social security numbers, details of your health conditions, or other sensitive information that could compromise your identity or privacy.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove and/or not allow comments to get posted.

The views expressed within posted comments don’t necessarily reflect those of the Centers for Medicare or Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the federal government.

We recognize that the web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome any time. But given our need to manage federal resources responsibly, you should expect us to moderate and post comments only during regular business hours.

Reporters should send questions to the CMS media office through normal channels instead of submitting questions here. Reporter questions won’t be posted or answered.

Thanks for taking the time to review our comment policy. We look forward to an active exchange of ideas.