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Private Health Insurance Premiums and Federal Policy

Categories: Govt Finance,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Taxes

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51130-Health_Insurance_Premiums.pdf

Estimates that health insurance premiums in the private market will increase by 60% from 2016 to 2025.   This report reviews the available evidence about premium levels and growth, analyzes the major federal subsidies, taxes, fees, and regulations that affect premiums, and examines how insurers’ actions affect premiums. From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44360.pdf

Reviews questions which have been raised about the recently released federal dietary guidelines for the 2015-2020 period, how they were established, how they compare with previous guidelines, and what happens next. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Transparency Report: The USA Freedom Act Business Records FISA Implementation

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Govt Secrecy,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy

https://www.nsa.gov/civil_liberties/_files/UFA_Civil_Liberties_and_Privacy_Report.pdf

Announces steps taken to implement the USA Freedom Act and specific procedures adopted to protect privacy rights. From the National Security Agency

 

White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages: Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/copyrightwhitepaper.pdf

Offers recommendations on amending the Copyright Act to provide courts with more guidance and greater flexibility in awarding statutory damages and calls for Congress to create a small claims tribunal with caps on damage awards. From the Internet Policy Task Force of the U.S. Department of Commerce

 

Building Resiliency in Response to Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding: Comprehensive Planning in Hampton Roads

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

http://www.coopercenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/Virginia%20News%20Letter%202016%20Vol.%2092%20No%201.pdf

Discusses the General Assembly mandate to Hampton Roads communities to incorporate strategies within their comprehensive planning to mitigate sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Describes some measures adopted by governments, businesses, and households in response to the mandate. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia

 

Medicaid Managed Care: Trends in Federal Spending and State Oversight of Costs and Enrollment

Categories: Federal State Relations,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/674307.pdf

Analyzes federal expenditures under the Affordable Care Act for Medicaid managed care and the range in state payments made to managed care organizations (MCOs), selected states’ standards and how they compare with federal standards, and selected states’ methods for assigning Medicaid beneficiaries to MCOs. From the Government Accountability Office

 

Flint Drinking Water Documents

Categories: Environment,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www.epa.gov/mi/flint-drinking-water-documents

A collection of recent reports on the contaminated water in Flint, Michigan. From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Summary of the Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026

Categories: Business/Economics,Govt Finance,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51129-2016_Outlook_Summary.pdf

Summary of the full report which foresees growing federal budget deficits over the next 10 years. From the Congressional Budget Office

 

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