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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Personal Consumption Expenditures by State, 1997-2012 (Prototype Estimates)

Categories: Business/Economics,Headlines,Statistics

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/regional/pce/2014/pdf/pce0814.pdf

Provides data on household spending patterns across states that can be used to build a better picture of regional economies, household wellbeing, and consumer confidence in the economy.  Covers 16 expenditure categories.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

International Religious Freedom Report for 2013

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Religion/Ethics,Statistics

http://www.state.gov/j/drl/rls/irf/religiousfreedom/index.htm#wrapper

Annual report about religious persecution in the world.  Finds that 2013 witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory.  From the State Department

 

2014 Annual Report of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Old Age and Survivors Insurance and Federal Disability Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Disability,Elderly,Govt Finance,Headlines,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TR/2014/tr2014.pdf

Predicts that the assets of the trust funds will be exhausted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77% of benefits still payable at that time.  Also predicts that the annual cost of the program will begin to exceed the annual income in 2020.  From the Social Security Administration

 

Department of Defense Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Categories: Defense/Military,Headlines,Homeland Security,WMD

http://www.defense.gov/pubs/DoD_Strategy_for_Countering_Weapons_of_Mass_Destruction_dated_June_2014.pdf

Seeks to ensure that the U.S. and its allies are neither attacked nor coerced by actors with WMD.  The strategy also establishes countering objectives, defines an approach for achieving them, and identifies essential activities.  From the Department of Defense

 

Competition and the Cost of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45552-PartD.pdf

 

Examines the cost trends since the prescription drug benefit was added to Medicare by 2003 legislation; finds that spending was lower for the program than anticipated especially in areas of the country where more plan sponsors competed for beneficiaries.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Consumers Benefitted from 80/20 Rule in 2013

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Forms-Reports-and-Other-Resources/Downloads/Final-MLR-Report_07-22-2014.pdf

Latest annual report on estimated consumer savings due to the so-called 80/20 rule of the Affordable Care Act (aka the Medical Loss Ratio rule) which requires insurers to refund money to plan enrollees if companies spend more than 20% of premiums on administrative overhead, profits, or related non- medical care expenses.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

King et al. v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/141158.P.pdf

Unanimous decision of a 3 judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that the language of the Affordable Care Act covers insurance subsidies for both state-run and federal-run plans.  From Justia.com

 

Halbig v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf

2-1 decision of a panel of the DC Court of Appeals that the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts insurance subsidies to state-run plans and not federal plans substituting for the state.   From Justia.com

 

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