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FEDERAL HEALTH REFORM NEWS

News and information on the implementation activities associated with the Affordable Care Act. New FAQs released from the IRS regarding small business tax credits, and employer shared responsibility. Updated May 19, 2014.

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2015 INSURANCE MARKET STANDARDS & REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Continuefamily in front of health insurance certificateIThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues final rules for Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond. May 16, 2014

 

HEALTH CARE CONTINUATION COVERAGE AND SPECIAL MARKETPLACE ENROLLMENT PERIODS

On May 2, 2014, the Obama administration announced updates to eligibility notices on continuation of health-care coverage through COBRA, guidance on special enrollment periods, and hardship exemptions. 

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BUILDING A HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE

American FlagGeneral information, NCSL comment letters, and updates on the development of health insurance Marketplaces for 2014. The latest is new operational standards and information for marketplaces in 2015.  May 16, 2014.

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OVERVIEW

In March 2010, H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, P.L. 111-148), and H.R. 4872, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA, P.L. 111-152), collectively referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA), became law.  Provisions in the statutes affect the financing, access, delivery, quality and virtually every facet of the health care delivery system for many years to come.  The ACA is comprised of ten titles that: make fundamental changes to the regulation of health insurance; restructure the insurance marketplace through establishment of American Health Benefit Exchanges; expand eligibility of the Medicaid program; offer an array of workforce, public health, and health care quality related provisions; and permanently reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.  State options offered in the ACA, and new requirements make it essential for state policymakers to stay informed in order to make the most effective choices for their constituents.

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