As we reported in a prior Compliance Buzz, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report earlier this year that was intended to serve as a resource guide to aid Congressional staffers when answering frequently-asked questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On December 1, 2017, CRS released a revised and updated version of the report. As in the original report, the updated report provides information sources relating to the following topics:
- The individual mandate, private health insurance, the exchanges and employer-sponsored coverage;
- Public health care programs, such as Medicaid, Medicare and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
- ACA provisions relating to specific populations, including women, Indians, veterans and noncitizens;
- Behavioral health care and state innovation waivers;
- ACA-related taxes, congressional efforts to repeal or amend the ACA, cost estimates and spending and insurance coverage statistics; and
- ACA agency audits and investigations and legal issues.
Although this report was intended to be a resource for Congressional staffers, benefit advisors and professionals may also find the report to be a useful tool for accessing ACA-related information in a more efficient manner when responding to client questions.