Congressional Research Service (CRS) Releases ACA Resource

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The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has prepared a report for Congress providing information and links regarding various Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains the “law of the land”, this may prove to be a great resource as we have no clear indication when or if the ACA will be repealed or modified in the near future.

“This report provides resources to help congressional staff respond to constituents’ frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the law. The report lists selected resources regarding consumers, employers, and other stakeholders, with a focus on federal sources. It also lists CRS reports that summarize the ACA’s provisions.

The report begins with links to contacts for constituents’ specific questions on insurance coverage (such as state insurance departments and the U.S. Department of Labor’s consumer hotline for questions on employer-based coverage), and contacts for questions about HealthCare.gov and ACA tax provisions. The report also lists sources for congressional staff to contact federal agencies with ACA questions.

The report provides basic consumer sources, including a glossary of health coverage terms. The next sections focus on the individual mandate, private health insurance, exchanges, and employer-sponsored coverage. These are followed by information on public health care programs, such as Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicare. The report also provides sources on the ACA’s provisions on specific populations: women’s health care, Indian health care, veterans’ and military health care, and the treatment of noncitizens under the ACA. These are followed by sources on behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders); public health, workforce, and quality; and state innovation waivers. Finally, the report lists sources on taxes, congressional efforts to repeal or amend ACA, ACA agency audits and investigations, cost estimates and spending, insurance coverage statistics, legal issues, and sources for obtaining the law’s full text.

This list is not a comprehensive directory of all resources on the ACA but rather is intended to address some questions that may arise frequently.”

Although this report was generated with Congress in mind, benefit advisors and professionals may also find this a great tool when delving deeper into different sections of the ACA.

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