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Does Price Transparency Improve Market Efficiency? Implications of Empirical Evidence in Other Markets for the Health Sector

Does Price Transparency Improve Market Efficiency? Implications of Empirical Evidence in Other Markets for the Health Sector

Date: April 29, 2008
Creator: Austin, D. Andrew & Gravelle, Jane G.
Description: This report reviews the empirical studies of the effect of changes in price transparency on prices and quality of goods in a variety of industries; addresses the extent to which this evidence might be applicable to the health care market and certain special characteristics of the health care market which may reduce the importance of prices as signals; examines how prices are actually set by hospitals and the evidence that exists on price dispersion both across hospitals and across patient categories; discusses some initiatives undertaken by governments, insurers, and interest groups to improve information about prices and to regulate price discrimination; and finally, suggests that while it is difficult to determine the consequences of greater consumer price transparency, it is reasonable to believe that greater transparency would improve outcomes.
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Private Health Insurance Market Reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Private Health Insurance Market Reforms in the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Date: March 13, 2014
Creator: Mach, Annie L. & Fernandez, Bernadette
Description: This report provides background information about the private health insurance market, including market segments and regulation. It then describes each Affordable Care Act (ACA) market reform.
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Health and Safety Concerns Over U.S. Imports of Chinese Products: An Overview

Health and Safety Concerns Over U.S. Imports of Chinese Products: An Overview

Date: January 13, 2009
Creator: Morrison, Wayne M.
Description: This report provides an overview of concerns about the health, safety, and quality of imported Chinese products, and implications for U.S.-China trade relations.
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Beverage Industry Pledges to Reduce Americans' Drink Calories

Beverage Industry Pledges to Reduce Americans' Drink Calories

Date: October 6, 2014
Creator: Dabrowska, Agata
Description: This report briefly covers recent initiatives by leading beverage companies to curb the obesity epidemic.
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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions

Date: March 7, 2014
Creator: Napili, Angela
Description: The report provides basic consumer sources, including broad overviews of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) law, and resources related to specific provisions. It also has links to contacts for specific questions (including websites, hotlines, and online chat assistance).
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Individual Mandate Under ACA

Individual Mandate Under ACA

Date: unknown
Creator: Mach, Annie L.
Description: Report describing the individual mandate requirements of the Afordable Care Act, as well as penalties for not meeting these requirements and exemptions granted for hardships.
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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: February 13, 2013
Creator: Mach, Annie L.
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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Medical Loss Ratio Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Issues for Congress

Medical Loss Ratio Requirements Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Issues for Congress

Date: August 26, 2014
Creator: Kirchhoff, Suzanne M.
Description: This report provides a detailed description of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, P.L. 111-148) requirements for Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) reporting and rebates as specified in regulations, including components of the MLR formula, state flexibility and waivers, and the nature of rebates to policyholders. The report also addresses issues that have been raised about the MLR provisions since the ACA was enacted, namely the treatment of insurance commissions paid to brokers and agents.
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Medicare: Part B Premiums

Medicare: Part B Premiums

Date: December 29, 2008
Creator: Hahn, Jim
Description: This report examines the history of the Medicare Part B Premium. The report considers issues including the changing factors that go into determining the premium. The report also discusses the comparative cost adjustment program, the Part B deductible, and the Part A premium.
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Summary Cost Data for Federally-Facilitated Exchanges, 2014

Summary Cost Data for Federally-Facilitated Exchanges, 2014

Date: August 8, 2014
Creator: Fernandez, Bernadette & Mach, Annie L.
Description: This report provides fact sheets for Federally-Facilitated exchanges offering individual plans.
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