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Impact of health insurance on the survival of babies born with a heart defect

A new CDC study published in the American Journal of Public Health looked at the link between health insurance coverage and the survival of a baby born with a heart defect (a congenital heart defect).



HHS Changes how ACA Applies to Territories

After many reports of uneven application and disruption of health insurance markets, HHS has reduced the number of ACA provisions that apply to the territories.



ACAView: First Observations Around the Affordable Care Act

This first report from a new collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and athenahealth found that health providers have not seen the spike in patient volume expected by some.



National Survey Finds 10.6 Million People Helped By Navigators and Assisters During the Affordable Care Act's First Open Enrollment Period

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An estimated 10.6 million people nationally received personal help from navigators and assisters during the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period, finds a new Kaiser Family Foundation survey of navigators and assister programs nationally.



CMS Announces new Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is a new technical assistance program launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The goal of IAP is to improve health and health care for Medicaid beneficiaries by supporting states' efforts to accelerate new payment and service delivery reforms.



Intensive Care Coordination Using High-Quality Wraparound for Children with Serious Behavioral Health Needs

This practical guide, made possible by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, profiles states and counties that have implemented intensive care coordination using high-quality wraparound for children and youth with serious behavioral health needs.



Person-Centered Planning and Self-Direction: HHS Issues New Guidance on Implementing Section 2402(a) of the ACA

As a first step in implementing Section 2402(a), the Secretary issued this HHS-wide guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction.



Conflicting Views of Supreme Court's Contraception Decision Cloud Other Cases

Kaiser Health News continues reporting on the Supreme Court's contraception coverage rulings, including the Hobby Lobby decision and temporary injunction for Wheaton College.



Investing in the Social Safety Net: Health Care's Next Frontier

A new Health Affairs blog post authored by participants in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Complex Care Innovation Lab focuses on the need to marry the nation's health and social safety nets to truly address social determinants of health issues at the ground level.



AUCDigest July 2014



CCIIO issues FAQ on Essential Community Providers

A new FAQ released by the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) addresses questions insurance issuers may have concerning Essential Community Providers (ECPs). The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires issuers to contract with a sufficient number of ECPs, or providers that generally treat low-income and medically underserved patients. The FAQ describes specifics of the ECP requirements, how issuers can access the non-exhaustive ECP list, and how ECPs can actively pursue inclusion in insurance planes. The exclusion of Children's Hospitals as ECPs has been of concern to the disability community.



Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid

White House Council of Economic Advisors

This analysis, from the White House Council of Economic Advisers, discusses the economic and health consequences of states' decisions not to expand Medicaid.



'A Uniquely New Hampshire Approach' to Medicaid Expansion

New Hampshire became the 26th state today to embrace the expanded Medicaid program, with as many as 50,000 low-income residents expected to begin signing up. Coverage for those who enroll this month will take effect Aug. 15. Initially, most New Hampshire enrollees will join one of two Medicaid managed care plans in the state. But New Hampshire officials hope that up to 10 percent of those who sign up will eventually enroll in employer plans - using federal money to subsidize that coverage.



A State Policy Framework for Integrating Health and Social Services

This brief from The Commonwealth Fund, authored by the Center for Health Care Strategies, describes three essential components for integrating health - encompassing physical and behavioral health services and public health - and social services. These components are: (1) a coordinating mechanism; (2) quality measurement and data-sharing tools; and (3) aligned financing and payment.



Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate

Kaiser Health News explains the 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby

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