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Individual Mandate Under ACA

Individual Mandate Under ACA

Date: March 6, 2014
Creator: Mach, Annie L.
Description: This report describes the individual mandate as established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148, as amended). The report also discusses the ACA reporting requirements designed, in part, to assist individuals in providing evidence of having met the mandate.
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The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

The Affordable Care Act and Small Business: Economic Issues

Date: February 25, 2014
Creator: Lowry, Sean & Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report explains how employer-sponsored insurance can be used to address concerns about health insurance coverage and cost. Then, it summarizes the three ACA provisions most relevant to small businesses. Also, it analyzes these provisions for their potential effects on small businesses. Last, this report presents several approaches that could address some concerns associated with these provisions (particularly the employer penalty).
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TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

TRICARE and VA Health Care: Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Date: February 11, 2014
Creator: Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Jansen, Don J.
Description: This report addresses key questions concerning how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects TRICARE and VA health care.
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Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Health Care for Rural Veterans: The Example of Federally Qualified Health Centers

Date: January 13, 2014
Creator: Heisler, Elayne J.; Panangala, Sidath Viranga & Bagalman, Erin
Description: This report discusses considerations that may arise during possible attempts to increase collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and describes policy levers Congress might use to encourage VA-FQHC collaboration. These approaches might also be employed to encourage collaboration between the VA and other types of facilities that may serve rural veterans.
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Medical Child Support: Background and Current Policy

Medical Child Support: Background and Current Policy

Date: December 18, 2013
Creator: Solomon-Fears, Carmen
Description: This report describes current federal policy with respect to medical child support. It also examines the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) program. It provides a legislative history of medical support provisions in the CSE program and state data on the medical support coverage of children in the CSE program.
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Cancellation of Nongroup Health Insurance Policies

Cancellation of Nongroup Health Insurance Policies

Date: November 19, 2013
Creator: Fernandez, Bernadette & Mach, Annie L.
Description: This report provides background information about health insurance cancellations, non-renewals and rescissions, including applicable federal rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and ACA.
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Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP): Available Health Insurance Options

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP): Available Health Insurance Options

Date: November 13, 2013
Creator: Mach, Annie L. & Cornell, Ada S.
Description: This report discusses the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), a program administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is statutorily given the authority to contract with qualified carriers offering plans and to prescribe regulations necessary to carry out the statute, among other duties.
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Public Health Service Agencies: Overview and Funding

Public Health Service Agencies: Overview and Funding

Date: November 12, 2013
Creator: Corby-Edwards, Amalia K. & Redhead, C. S.
Description: Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), eight agencies are designated components of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS): (1) the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), (2) the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), (3) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), (4) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), (5) the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), (6) the Indian Health Service (IHS), (7) the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and (8) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This report gives a brief overview of each agency and summarizes its funding for FY2010 through FY2013, as well as its FY2014 budget request.
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Medicare Financing

Medicare Financing

Date: September 19, 2013
Creator: Davis, Patricia A.
Description: This report provides an overview of how the Medicare program is financed, including a description of the Medicare trust funds and a summary of key findings and estimates from the 2013 Report of the Medicare Board of Trustees regarding 2012 program operations and future financial soundness.
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Private Health Plans Under the ACA: In Brief

Private Health Plans Under the ACA: In Brief

Date: September 19, 2013
Creator: Fernandez, Bernadette & Mach, Annie L.
Description: This report provides short descriptions of health plans that may be offered inside and outside of exchanges, and includes information about interaction with other selected ACA provisions. The descriptions are displayed in a side-by-side format to facilitate comparison of exchange and nonexchange plans.
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