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Congressional Research Service Reports: Health Issue Analysis



 Updated Jan. 24, 2014

 The Congressional Research Service (CRS) works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for nearly a century.

Report Highlights

A CRS report entitled "Upcoming Rules Pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Spring 2013 Unified Agenda" examines the Spring 2013 edition of the Unified Agenda and identifies proposed and final rules and long-term regulatory actions that were expected to be issued pursuant to the ACA
in the 12 months following its publication. To identify those upcoming rules and actions, CRS searched all fields of the Unified Agenda (all agencies) using the term “Affordable Care Act,” focusing on the proposed rule and final rule stages of rulemaking, as well as the “long-term actions” category.

In this edition, agencies reported 20 proposed rules and 23 final rules that they expect to issue pursuant to the ACA within the 12 months following the Agenda’s publication. Agencies also reported a total of 13 long-term regulatory actions and 17 completed actions. Having a sense of what rules agencies are going to issue and when they are going to issue those rules can help Congress to provide oversight over the regulations that are issued pursuant to the ACA. The rules that agencies issue pursuant to the ACA are expected to have a major impact on how the law is implemented.

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Issue Areas Report Title
Affordability/ Premium Assistance Programs

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Constitutional Analysis

ACA Employer Issues
ACA Exchanges
Fiscal Analysis
ACA Grandfathered & Self Insured Health Plans
Indian Health 
ACA Individual Mandate
Insurance Reform
Long-term Care
Maternal Child Health
Private Health Insurance
Public Health, Workforce, and Quality
Regulatory issues
Revenue & Funding Provisions in the ACA
ACA Small Business Issues
Uninsured and Underinsured
Miscellaneous Reports


 NCSL staff contacts: Joy Johnson Wilson, Federal Affairs Counsel, Health Policy Director at or Rachel B. Morgan RN, BSN, Health Committee Director at