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2015 INSURANCE MARKET STANDARDS & REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

capitol domeThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues final rules for Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond. May 16, 2014



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Responsibilities in a Public Health Emergency

Dr and patientClarity in leadership is crucial in a joint federal, state, and local response to any event which could cause harm to the public's health. This web page provides information regarding federal and State authorities to respond to public health emergencies. 

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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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  • Oversight of the U.S. Drug Supply

    H.R. 3204 was approved by the U.S. Senate Nov. 18 and moves forward to the president's desk. The measure preempts state drug pedigree laws among other changes to the oversight of the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Long-term Services and Supports Income and Asset Rules: Application With MAGI Eligible Medicaid Beneficiaries

    Individuals whose Medicaid eligibility is determined using MAGI rules are not subject to an asset or resources test for purposes of determining Medicaid eligibility. However, a number of other statutory provisions are implicated when an individual seeks Medicaid coverage for long-term services and supports. This document describes asset counting rules and how they may apply to MAGI eligible Medicaid beneficiaries.

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