Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Resources for Frequently Asked Questions [January 17, 2017]   [open pdf - 712KB]

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended) has numerous provisions affecting private health insurance and public health coverage programs. 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 [Congressional Research Service] 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. 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."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R43215
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
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