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Requiring Individuals to Obtain Health Insurance: A Constitutional Analysis

Description: This report first analyzes the authority of Congress to pass a proposal of this nature, as well as how a court could analyze this type of proposal if there were to be a constitutional challenge based on various provisions of the Fifth Amendment. Finally, this report discusses whether there must be exceptions to a requirement to purchase health insurance based on First Amendment freedom of religion.
Date: July 24, 2009
Creator: Staman, Jennifer & Brougher, Cynthia
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid Expenditures, FY2003 and FY2004

Description: This report discusses the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), which is the percentage of Medicaid benefit costs paid for by the federal government.
Date: January 17, 2006
Creator: Tritz, Karen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Environmental Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors: What Are the Human Health Risks?

Description: This report discusses the human health risks, specifically from endocrine disruptors that are chemical compounds in drugs, food, consumer products, or the ambient environment that can interfere with internal biological processes of animals that normally are regulated by their hormones.
Date: February 4, 2002
Creator: Schierow, Linda-Jo & Buck, Eugene H.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Public Health, Workforce, Quality, and Related Provisions in H.R. 3962

Description: This report discusses health care reform, which was at the top of the domestic policy agenda for the 111th Congress, driven by concerns about the growing ranks of the uninsured and the unsustainable growth in spending on health care and health insurance.
Date: November 5, 2009
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare Primer

Description: This report provides an overview of Medicare, the nation's federal insurance program, which pays for covered health care services of qualified beneficiaries.
Date: September 10, 2014
Creator: Davis, Patricia A.; Talaga, Scott R.; Binder, Cliff; Hahn, Jim; Morgan, Paulette C.; Mulvey, Janemarie et al.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The ACA Medicaid Expansion

Description: This report provides an overview of the ACA Medicaid expansion, and the impact of the Supreme Court decision on the ACA Medicaid expansion. Then, the report describes who is covered under the expansion, the expansion rules, and how the expansion is financed. In addition, enrollment and expenditure estimates for the ACA Medicaid expansion are provided. Finally, the report reviews state decisions whether or not to implement the ACA Medicaid expansion, and the implications of those decisions on certain individuals, employers, and hospitals.
Date: December 30, 2014
Creator: Mitchell, Alison
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare Home Health Benefit Primer: Benefit Basics and Issues

Description: This report describes home health eligibility criteria, home health services, characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries who use home health services, and home health providers. Further, this report describes in detail the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS), provides an overview of Medicare home health payments, and discusses issues for Congress related to the Medicare home health benefit.
Date: February 6, 2014
Creator: Talaga, Scott R.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare: FY2008 Budget Issues

Description: This report discusses President's budget request to Congress for Medicare, for the following federal fiscal year, along with projections for the five-year budget window. The President’s 2008 budget includes Medicare legislative proposals with estimated savings of $4.3 billion in 2008 and $65.6 billion over the five-year budget window.
Date: February 6, 2007
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda; Jacobson, Gretchen A.; Hahn, Jim; Morgan, Paulette C.; O’Sullivan, Jennifer & Stockdale, Holly Sue
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare Physician Payment Updates and the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) System

Description: This report discusses the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), which is the statutory method for determining the annual updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule. The SGR system was established because of the concern that the Medicare fee schedule itself would not adequately constrain overall increases in spending for physicians’ services.
Date: August 2, 2012
Creator: Hahn, Jim & Mulvey, Janemarie
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: President’s FY2013 Budget

Description: This report summarizes the President's budget estimates for each section of the CMS budget. Then, for each legislative proposal included in the President's budget, this report provides a description of current law and the President's proposal. The explanations of the President's legislative proposals are grouped by the following program areas: Medicare, Medicaid, program integrity, and health insurance programs.
Date: April 9, 2012
Creator: Mitchell, Alison & Paulette, Morgan C.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid Coverage of Long-Term Services and Supports

Description: This report provides a description of the various statutory authorities that either require or otherwise allow states to cover LTSS under Medicaid. The Appendix provides a brief legislative history of Medicaid LTSS from Medicaid’s enactment and initial coverage requirements for institutional care through the evolution of HCBS options available to states.
Date: December 5, 2013
Creator: Colello, Kirsten J.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid and Graduate Medical Education

Description: This report discusses Medicaid coverage of graduate medical education (GME) costs. GME costs are difficult to determine because teaching occurs in the context of patient care and research. There are direct GME (DGME) costs, which include residents' stipends, payments to supervising physicians, and direct program administration costs.
Date: May 28, 2008
Creator: Herz, Elicia J. & Tilson, Sibyl
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Contractors and HealthCare.gov: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Description: This report provides answers to 20 frequently asked questions regarding contractors and HealthCare.gov, the federal online health insurance portal called for by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148, as amended). Over 50 contractors, including CGI Federal and Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI), helped in building the site, which was reportedly largely unusable when it first became available to the public on October 1, 2013.
Date: January 24, 2014
Creator: Manuel, Kate M.; Murrill, Brandon J. & Perry, Rodney M.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

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

Description: This report addresses key questions concerning the impact of enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the TRICARE and VA health care programs. To provide some context to this discussion, the report begins with a brief overview of the two health systems and eligibility for care under each system.
Date: January 27, 2012
Creator: Panangala, Sidath V. & Jansen, Don J.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicare: Enrollment in Medicare Drug Plans

Description: This report discusses the enrollment process for private prescription drug plans (PDPs) or Medicare Advantage prescription drug (MA-PD) plans. At a minimum, these plans offer "standard coverage" or alternative coverage with actuarially equivalent benefits. Beneficiaries are required to enroll in one of these private plans in order to obtain coverage.
Date: January 3, 2006
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hurricane Katrina: Medicaid Issues

Description: This report discusses the following: Medicaid’s rules on eligibility, benefits, and financing in the context of current questions and issues raised by Hurricane Katrina. Recent state actions in response to Medicaid issues raised by the hurricane. Federal Medicaid waiver authority, including information on current activity in this area and the New York Disaster Relief Medicaid waiver granted in response to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Current federal legislation related to Medicaid and Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Date: November 18, 2005
Creator: Baumrucker, Evelyne P.; Grady, April; Hearne, Jean P. & Herz, Elicia J.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Medicaid and SCHIP: The President’s FY2006 Budget Proposals

Description: This report describes the proposal and provides an estimate of the cost or savings based on publicly available information. The report provides a brief background for the proposal and provides a listing of current Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports related to the proposal.
Date: February 15, 2005
Creator: Grady, April; Hearne, Jean P.; Herz, Elicia J.; Scott, Christine; Stone-Axelrad, Julie & Tritz, Karen
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Prescription Drug Coverage Under Medicaid

Description: Medicaid is a joint federal-state entitlement program that pays for medical services on behalf of certain groups of low-income persons. It is the third largest social program in the federal budget, exceeded only by Social Security and Medicare and is typically the second largest spending item for states. This report discusses prescription drug policies under the program.
Date: February 6, 2008
Creator: Hearne, Jean
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Prescription Drug Coverage Under Medicaid

Description: Medicaid is a joint federal-state entitlement program that pays for medical services on behalf of certain groups of low-income persons. It is the third largest social program in the federal budget, exceeded only by Social Security and Medicare and is typically the second largest spending item for states. This report discusses prescription drug policies under the program.
Date: February 21, 2006
Creator: Hearne, Jean
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recent Developments in Medicare Affecting Long-Term Care Hospitals

Description: Medicare pays about $36 billion annually for post-acute care in four separate settings: long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), inpatient rehabilitation settings (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and in the home. This report provides background information on several operational issues affecting LTCHs that are currently attracting attention from Congress, specifically efforts to develop a patient assessment tool, to develop qualification criteria that should be imposed on LTCHs, and to change Medicare’s LTCH payment methods.
Date: March 14, 2006
Creator: Tilson, Sibyl
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

The Title X Family Planning Program

Description: This report discusses Title X of the Public Health Service Act. The program, enacted in 1970, is the only federal program devoted solely to family planning and related preventive health services. Although the authorization for Title X ended with FY1985, funding for the program has been provided through bills that provide appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies.
Date: March 22, 2005
Creator: Coleman, Sharon K.
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Federal Drug Price Negotiation: Implications for Medicare Part D

Description: This report discusses what it means for the federal government to “negotiate” drug prices under existing public programs, the arguments for and against such activities, and some implications for the pharmaceutical industry, Medicare beneficiaries, and others if similar federal involvement were to occur on behalf of the Medicare Part D program.
Date: April 19, 2007
Creator: Hahn, Jim
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Health Insurance Coverage for Retirees

Description: With the retirement of the baby boom generation looming ahead, employers offering coverage to their retired workers will face a huge future financial commitment. Some employers have already reduced or eliminated their commitment to insure their retirees. Recent trends indicate that retiree health benefits are increasingly subject to higher beneficiary cost-sharing. Further, among employers who provide health insurance for current retirees, their current workers are less likely to be guaranteed these benefits upon retirement. This report discusses issues regarding health insurance coverage for retirees.
Date: March 28, 2006
Creator: Chaikind, Hinda
Item Type: Report
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department