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2015 INSURANCE MARKET STANDARDS & REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

capitol domeIn a series of March releases, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed the framework under which regulators and insurers must operate in calendar year 2015. March 31, 2014



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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. 

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL HEALTH ISSUES

Health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 6.2 percent annually over the 2015–21 period, reflecting the net effects of the increasing aging and newly insured populations, and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Currently National Health Expenditures (NHE) account for over 17 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and health care exceeds all other state issues as a percentage of state budgets.

Entitlement programs such as Medicaid are administered through a state-federal partnership. The federal government establishes minimum requirements for partnership programs, while states design, implement, administer, and oversee their own programs. This sharing of power, or federalism, enables states the opportunity to participate in a number of health care programs funded in-whole or part by the federal government. The NCSL Federal Health portal provides information, news, and alerts on a full range of health topics at the forefront of congressional, federal agency, and White House action, while monitoring emerging issues that may affect states in the future

FEDERAL GUIDANCE AND REGULATORY ACTIONS

News Headliner above the U.S. flagInformation and comments pertaining to Federal guidance and regulatory actions, including the final rules implementing the the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 released Nov. 8, 2013. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity webpage.

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SUMMARY OF CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATION

hand writingNCSL summary of selected active health and human services legislation and enacted legislation from the 113th Congress.

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