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Topic: HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the cabinet-level federal agency responsible for health-related programs. Medicare and Medicaid the nation’s two largest public health programs as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, are managed by HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS.

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Workplace Wellness and ACA Requirements

This HHS report from the discusses the effectiveness of wellness programs and rewards, the impact of such wellness programs on the access to care and affordability of coverage for participants and nonparticipants of such programs, the impact of financial incentives on participant behavior.

Map: Chicago Uninsured Population and Enrollment Assisters

This map combines data collected and generated by Enroll America with HHS assister data to show high-density uninsured communities and nearby local assistance resources.

Eligible Uninsured Latinos

This February 2014 ASPE research brief from HHS details demographics, Medicaid eligibility, and financial assistance eligibility of eligible uninsured Latinos.

HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015

This HHS rule, issued in March 2014, addresses a number of Marketplace and private insurance issues related to federally-run insurance exchanges, financial assistance, and the operation of the SHOP for small businesses. (more…)

CMS Agent/BrokerTraining

This August 2013 CMS presentation provides an overview of the role of agents and brokers in the federally facilitated marketplace, announces the launch of the agent/broker training, and discusses upcoming activities to support agents and brokers in these marketplaces.

The Affordable Care Act and Adolescents

This August 2013 ASPE research brief from HHS describes provisions in the Affordable Care Act that impact adolescents, such as the prohibition on pre-existing conditions denials and expansion of Medicaid coverage. It includes data on the eligible uninsured adolescent population ages 10-19.

Illinois Health Insurance Geographic Rating Areas

Your health insurance premiums for Marketplace plans depend on what part of the state you live in. This table from CMS shows which geographic rating area your county falls into. This information is the same for the individual and small group markets.

Federal Rules on Individual Shared Responsibility Exemptions

This June 2013 CMS fact sheet summarizes federal eligibility rules for receiving an exemption from the individual shared responsibility provision. The rules will ease implementation and help to ensure that the shared responsibility payment obligation applies only to the limited group of taxpayers who have ready access to affordable coverage but choose to spend a substantial period of time uninsured. (more…)

ACA to Expand Mental Health Benefits for 62 Million Americans

In one of the largest expansions of mental health and substance use disorder coverage in a generation, the Affordable Care Act will expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for 62 million Americans. This February 2013 ASPE research brief from HHS describes the three distinct ways that benefits and parity protections are being expanded. It includes a chart of the numbers of people expected to gain benefits or see their benefits extended.

Info For Small Businesses: The Facts on the New Health Law

This January 2012 brochure from HHS summarizes the salient features of the Affordable Care Act from the standpoint of its implications for small busines owners.

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