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Basic Health Program (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published November 15, 2012.

The Affordable Care Act offers states another option besides Medicaid and the exchanges for health coverage for low-income residents.  APRIL 17, 2014
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Mental Health Parity

Historically, health insurance covered mental health care differently than other medical care. Recent laws have begun bringing them into balance.  APRIL 3, 2014
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Transitioning to ICD-10 (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published March 20, 2014.

Health plans and providers prepare to begin using a revised coding system to track diagnoses and procedures.  APRIL 3, 2014
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Transitioning to ICD-10

EDITOR'S NOTE: An updated brief was published April 3, 2014.

Health plans and providers are about to begin using a revised coding system to track diagnoses and procedures.  MARCH 20, 2014
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Geographic Variation in Medicare Spending

Researchers continue to study why Medicare spending per beneficiary varies significantly from one part of the country to another.  MARCH 6, 2014
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Small Business Insurance Exchanges (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published February 9, 2012.

States and the federal government have created new marketplaces to help small companies buy coverage more easily and cheaply.  FEBRUARY 6, 2014
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The CO-OP Health Insurance Program (Updated)

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier brief was published February 28, 2013.

Twenty-three "consumer operated and oriented plans" are offering coverage through health insurance exchanges.  JANUARY 23, 2014
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Hospital Presumptive Eligibility

The ACA expands the policy that allows key entities to temporarily enroll people in Medicaid, creating a path to more stable coverage.  JANUARY 9, 2014
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