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Upcoming Briefings in July and August:

*July 28, 12:15-2 pm: Disclosure and Apology: Patient Safety and Medical Liability
*Aug 1, 12:15-2 pm: Prison Health Care

What's New

July 17, 2014
Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief on the impact of Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

July 9, 2014
The CMS Innovation Center has announced a second round of recipients for Health Care Innovation Awards. That brings total funding for the awards to as much as $360 million.

July 2014
The National Senior Citizens Law Center provides a detailed explanation of the CMS guidance to state Medicaid directors providing a framework for states to determine whether a same-sex couple is lawfully married for the purposes of Medicaid eligibility. 

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Recent Briefings

Some new health plans sold in the insurance marketplaces are offering consumers networks that exclude certain doctors, hospitals and other medical providers. While some claim that these networks hamper provider access and choice, others contend that this approach, if done the right way, helps consumers by creating competition and controlling costs.  Read More

Approximately 8 million children with low to moderate incomes are covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and 39 million children are covered under Medicaid. (Most children who have coverage have private coverage). The number of uninsured children has decreased by half since the enactment of CHIP in 1997; however, with a new coverage landscape and CHIP funding set to expire in October 2015, questions arise about the current state and future of children’s health care coverage. Read More

With the first open enrollment period for health insurance marketplaces now completed, an estimated 8 million people have enrolled in new private health insurance plans, with millions more newly enrolled in Medicaid. This briefing will look behind the enrollment numbers to take a detailed look at the demographics of marketplace enrollees, initial consumer experiences with health plans and lessons for next year’s open enrollment period.  Read More

CHIP Affordability Compared to Marketplace


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Toolkit: Replacing the SGR


A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit summarizes the recent policy debate surrounding the decade-long problem In the last six months, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Ways and Means, and Senate Finance committees all put forth similar bills to repeal and reform the flawed Medicare physician payment formula. Further, with the CBO estimating the cost of repeal at $116.5, the lowest since 2006, many health policy experts are speculating that 2014 is the year that policymakers enact a permanent change to the SGR.

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The Employer Mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


The Toolkit, available here, details the ACA’s employer requirements and penalty. It also includes information about the delay in the mandate to 2015, and analysis about its impact on employer-based coverage.

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