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HHS Affordable Care Act Bulletin - July 8, 2011

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Contents:

  1. Recent News
  2. Recent Healthcare Blog Posts
  3. Speeches
  4. Fact Sheets
  5. Information for Your Community & You
  6. State By State Fact Sheets
  7. Regulations & Guidance
  8. Letters
  9. Grants
  10. Brochures/Educational Materials
  11. Special Programs

Recent News

July 8: Obama administration offers states new ways to improve care, lower costs for Medicaid

June 30: Affordable Care Act cuts health care red tape, saves $12 billion

June 29: Affordable Care Act to improve data collection, reduce health disparities

Recent HealthCare Blog Posts

July 8: Medicaid: More than Just Numbers, By Jon Carson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

July 8:  Helping States Improve Care and Reduce Costs, By Don Berwick, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

July 8: Raising Patient Safety Awareness Across the Country, Joe McCannon, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, CMS

July 7: Health Insurance Leads to Healthier Americans, By Sherry Glied, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

July 1: Protecting Physicians and People with Medicare, By Don Berwick, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

June 30: Sharing Your Prevention Tips, By Julia Eisman, HHS New Media Communications Director

June 30: Freeing Doctors to Focus on Patients, Not Paperwork, By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

June 29: A Key Legal Victory for Health Care, By Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor

June 29: Collecting Data We Need to Reduce Health Disparities, By Dr. Garth Graham, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

June 28: Affordable Care Act Saves $260 Million This Year, By Don Berwick, M.D., Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

June 24: Helping Parents Quit Smoking

Speeches

June 27, 2011 2nd Annual National Accountable Care Organization Summit; Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2011 US Conference of Mayors; Baltimore, MD

June 7, 2011 National Disability Rights Network; Baltimore, MD

June 7, 2011 Hampton University 97th Annual Ministers’ Conference; Hampton, VA

June 6, 2011 Federal LGBT Youth Summit; Washington, D.C.

Fact Sheets

The fact sheets are condensed summaries of important provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

June 29, 2011
Improving Data Collection to Reduce Health Disparities

June 29, 2011
Improving Data Collection for the LGBT Community

June 28, 2011
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Gap Discounts to May 31, 2011

June 23, 2011
Comprehensive Health Programs to Address Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Tobacco Use in the Workplace

June 17, 2011
Annual Limits Policy: Protecting Consumers, Maintaining Options, and Building the Bridge to 2014

June 16, 2011
The National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness

June 10, 2011
State by State Enrollment in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, as of April 30, 2011

June 9, 2011
Health Disparities: Improving Health Equity

Information for Your Community and You

American Families

Children

Young Adults

Early Retirees

Seniors

African Americans

Latinos

Rural Americans

Women

Small Businesses

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Americans with Disabilities

LGBT Communities

Veterans

State By State Fact Sheets

Choose your state to learn more about the immediate benefits of the Affordable Care Act.

State By State Fact Sheets

Learn the facts and statistics about how the Affordable Care Act will benefit each state.

Regulations & Guidance

Regulations and guidance are used to implement many of the Affordable Care Act provisions that address both private and public health insurance.

Administrative Simplification – Interim Final Rule on the Adoption of Operating Rules for Eligibility for a Health Plan and Health Care Claim Status Transactions (Issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Medicaid – Final Rule on Federal Funding for Medicaid Eligibility Determination and Enrollment Activities (Issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) 

Letters

Administration officials issue letters requesting information, issuing guidance, announcing progress to date, and other implementation efforts.

Letter from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to University Presidents Regarding Health Insurance for Young Adults (April 20, 2011)

Letter from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Student Body Presidents Regarding Health Insurance for Young Adults (April 20, 2011)

Letter from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight to Superintendent Kofman Regarding the State of Maine’s Request for Adjustment to Medical Loss Ratio Standard (March 8, 2011)

Letter from Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury to House Speaker John Boehner Regarding the Price of Repealing the Affordable Care Act (January 5, 2011)

Grants

The Affordable Care Act creates a number of new grant opportunities.  Below, you will find links to the grant centers for the agencies administering these grants.  There, and at Grants.gov, you can search for relevant grant opportunities.

CDC National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) Grants

Consumer Assistance Program Grants – search for CFDA number 93.519

OCIIO State Planning and Establishment Grants – search for CFDA number 93.525.

OCIIO Health Insurance Premium Review Grants

Health Insurance Premium Review Grants

Administration for Children and Families Grants

Administration on Aging Grants

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Resources and Services Administration Grants

Indian Health Service Grants

National Institutes of Health Grants

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Grants

Brochures/Educational Materials

Below you’ll find brochures and materials related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

New Benefits for Graduates and Young Adults (PDF – 206 KB)

Better Benefits, Better Health (PDF – 374 KB)

Better Benefits, Better Health for Women (PDF – 311 KB)

Better Benefits, Better Health for Young Adults (PDF – 193 KB)

Better Benefits, Better Health for Seniors (PDF – 128 KB)

Better Benefits, Better Health for Small Businesses (PDF – 160 KB)

The Affordable Care Act - What it Means for You (PDF - English 2.78 MB, Spanish 2.59 MB)

The Affordable Care Act - What it Means for Employers (PDF - English 916 KB, Spanish 963 KB)

The Affordable Care Act - What it Means for Small Business (PDF - English 1.17 MB, Spanish 1 MB)

The New Health Care Law - What it Means for You and Your Family (PDF - English 899 KB, Spanish 833 KB)

The Affordable Care Act - What it Means for Rural America (PDF - English 1.06MB, Spanish 833 KB)

The Affordable Care Act - What it Means for Young Adults (PDF - English 971 KB, Spanish 879 KB)

Patient Protections & Insurance Reforms

Poster: Are You Eligible for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan? (PDF - English 271 KB, Spanish 231 KB)

Newsletter Language for Partners: Use this toolkit to share information about the PCIP program with your newspaper or newsletter readers.

Website Language for Partners: Use this toolkit to share information about the PCIP program with your online readers.

The Affordable Care Act — What it Means for Those with Pre-Existing Conditions (PDF - English 354 KB, Spanish 356 KB)

Medicare and the New Health Care Law — What it Means for You

Special Programs

Several new programs across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services support the work of the Affordable Care Act. You will find information about these programs on this page.

Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs