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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB)

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Medicare/Medicaid,Mental Health

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44163.pdf

The Affordable Care Act requires all non-grandfathered health plans to offer a core package of health care services, known as essential health benefits. Because each state selects its own EHB benchmark plan, considerable variation occurs from state to state. This report discusses the variations and other aspects of essential health benefits under the law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, January-March 2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/insur201508.pdf

The number of uninsured people continues to decline in this latest report.  Among adults aged 18-64, the uninsured percentage decreased from 16.3% in 2014 to 13% in the first three months of 2015.  Provides estimates of persons uninsured at time of interview, at least part of year prior to interview, and more than one year at time of interview.  Also shows estimates by selected demographics.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

2015 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds

Categories: Govt Finance,Headlines,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/ReportsTrustFunds/Downloads/TR2015.pdf

The annual Medicare Trustees Report projects that the hospital insurance fund will remain solvent until 2030, a period that has grown by 13 years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  Growth in per-Medicare enrollee costs continues to be at historical lows.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Medicaid: Key Issues Facing the Program

Categories: Govt Finance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/671761.pdf

The Medicaid program is undergoing major changes, in part due to the Affordable Care Act.  This report describes key issues that face the program, and how possible changes might affect federal oversight.  Highlights 24 key recommendations made in the past but not yet implemented.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Health Care Access and Utilization Among Adults Aged 18-64, by Race and Hispanic Origin: United States, 2013 and 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db208.pdf

Describes recent changes in health insurance coverage and selected measures of health care access and utilization following implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expansion of Medicaid in some states.  From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

Behavioral Health: Options for Low-Income Adults to Receive Treatment in Selected States

Categories: Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Medicare/Medicaid

http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670894.pdf

Examines how many low-income, uninsured adults may have a behavioral health condition, options for such adults to receive treatment in selected non-Medicaid expansion states, and how selected Medicaid expansion states provide behavioral health coverage for newly eligible enrollees and how such enrollment affects treatment availability.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Home Health Compare Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

Categories: Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-07-16.html

Unveils a new federal system of rating the quality of home health care agencies using a 5 star rating system.  Measures performance on 9 of the 29 quality measures already used on the Home Health Compare website.  From the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

 

Ensuring the Integrity of Medicare Part D

Categories: Crime/Justice,Elderly,Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid

http://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-03-15-00180.pdf

Discusses the vulnerability of the prescription drug portion of Medicare to fraud and what has been done to mitigate the problem in the 9 years since the benefit was added.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services

 

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