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HEALTH EXCHANGES REACH DEADLINES

Health Insurance Marketplaces, or Exchanges, created in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been open for enrollment for residents in each state since October. Read more about activities by states and March 31 open-enrollment deadlines, with extensions and exceptions. Each state's enrollment figures are listed, for state-run and federally-run exchanges. By Apr. 1st, about 7 million people had enrolled nationwide. Several million others used exchanges to qualify for Medicaid.

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DATABASES | BILL TRACKING

2014 ACA Database Launched: NCSL has just released its latest compilation of state legislative actions related to the Affordable Care Act.  A new online database provides one-click access to almost 1,000 bills and resolutions filed or pending across the 50 states and D.C. Legislation can be sorted by state and by topics including Exchanges, Medicaid, Outreach, Insurance Reforms, Authorization & Funding or Challenges, Opt-outs & Alternatives.  As of this week, at least 75 measures have been signed or adopted. 

 

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OVERVIEW | HEALTH

Health costs account for about one-third of state budgets, ranging from financing Medicaid, to paying for state employees and other populations, such as prisoners. State legislatures make thousands of health policy decisions each year, including improving access to appropriate care, determining who should be immunized, licensing health professionals and facilities, and supporting initiatives to keep people healthy. NCSL's web site provides health reports and updates listed by 50+ topics, on the right-hand column.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) brings substantial changes to the health care system. The Health Insurance Exchanges or Marketplaces opened for enrollment in all 50 states on October 1, 2013 and coverage began on Jan. 1, 2014.  Half of the states opted to expand Medicaid for adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, so far.  In addition, the law put in place new health insurance regulations that affect premium rates, enrollee assistance and appeals and coverage for people with preexisting conditions and young adults added to family policies, among other things. State legislatures considered more than 2,500 bills that relate to the ACA since its passage, leading to 500+ signed into law as of Dec. 2013. For 2014 there are more state decisions and another 1,000 bills under consideration.

PROTECTING ACCESS TO MEDICARE ACT OF 2014

dr and patientThe Protecting Access to Medicare Act extends the authorization for physician reimbursement under Medicare and extends expiring program authorizations and/or appropriations effecting Medicaid programs. A summary of key provisions signed into law April 1, 2014. Continue

 
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