Health Reform Hub
Explore AUCD's Health Reform Hub to find out everything you need to know about the health reform law and its impact on people with disabilities and their families. The buttons below provide quick links to key ACA facts and up-to-date information on where the states stand implementing the law. Scroll down for more information on ACA Funding Opportunities, the Medicaid Expansion, Health Insurance Marketplaces, and other implementation efforts.
This tool illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in new health insurance exchanges (or "Marketplaces") created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Beginning in October 2013, middle-income people under age 65, who are not eligible for coverage through their employer, Medicaid, or Medicare, can apply for tax credit subsidies available through state-based exchanges. With this calculator, you can enter different income levels, ages, and family sizes to get an estimate of your eligibility for subsidies and how much you could spend on health insurance. As premiums and eligibility requirements may vary, contact your state's Medicaid office or exchange with enrollment questions.
CMS will provide individualized technical assistance to the states on managed care program operations, including planning and procurement, benefit design and serving the needs of complex populations, access and quality, and the use of data for program oversight and management. The Medicaid Managed Care Technical Assistance Center is part of CMS's larger efforts to provide comprehensive information and guidance on Medicaid managed care program operations.
Beginning on October 1, 2013, state health insurance exchanges must certify qualified health plans (QHP) that are available for people to purchase through the exchange. To date, states have taken unique strategies for certifying these plans - some exchanges plan to selectively contract and negotiate prices with plans; others plan to add standards for plans beyond the federal requirements; and others are accepting all plans that meet the federal requirements. To summarize the standards states have set for allowing plans to be sold in their exchanges, the National Academy for State Health Policy's (NASHP) State Refor(u)m staff examined the QHP certification processes of 24 states and created a chart with key information on network adequacy requirements, rating standards, expected certification dates, and more.
Other Helpful Websites
The Health Care and You Coalition created HealthCareandYou.org to be a resource to help Americans understand the Affordable Care Act and how the health care law impacts them.
Part of Healthcare.gov, this website offers information about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan created by the Affordable Care Act to insure individuals with pre-existing conditions until the law takes full effect in 2014.
A new national advocacy organization dedicated to the implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act found in the Affordable Care Act.
The Department of Health and Human Services online gateway providing comprehensive information about the Affordable Care Act
Explore coverage options, learn about prevention, understand the new law and how it relates to you, and much more.
KFF's online gateway providing easy access to new and comprehensive resources on the health reform law.
Health Reform resources related to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
Find resources and view archived briefings on health care reform and related topics.
AUCD is a member of the CHF, the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments.
|Understand the Law
Summaries and tools to understand the Patient Protection and Affordable
Recent funding announcements and opportunities.
|Implementation, Regulations, and Guidance
Implementation of key provisions scheduled to take effect, explanation of regulations, and guidance on provisions.
Updates from the states and federal government on the expansion of Medicaid.
|Health Insurance Marketplaces
Information and resources on the Health Insurance Exchanges, now called Marketplaces.
|Integrated Care Initiatives
Learn about efforts to integrate care for those eligible for both Medicaid
|Resources from Others
Additional resources from other organizations and advocacy groups.
|Legislative and Legal Challenges
Information related to repeal attempts and the Supreme Court case.