Health Care Reform

Here are some of the best and most reliable sources of information about health reform on the federal, state and local levels.

General Information

Kaiser Foundation News and Information: Go here for a straightforward summary of the health reform law, along with detailed looks at different elements of the law, recent news and developments, and an implementation timeline.

Commonwealth Fund Health Reform Resource Center: This resource features a timeline of the law’s major provisions that enables you to search by date or topic to track what is taking effect  when.

Alliance for Health Reform: A resource designed to provide information and perspectives on reform for elected officials, journalists, policy analysts and advocates.

Health Reform GPS: This site from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and George Washington University features analyses and “Implementation Briefs” that describe the federal health reform implementation process and timetable.

Comparison of  Reform Proposals and Law: An interactive tool from the Kaiser Foundation that helps you compare different versions of health care reform proposals and the final law.

Section-by-Section Analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: A high-level summary of each section of the health reform law, including amendments made during reconciliation of the House and Senate bills, from the Democratic Policy Committee.

Understanding Health Reform: Presentation from CHOICE Regional Health Network outlining the major changes under reform and their implications.

Health Reform in Washington State

The Washington State Medicaid Purchasing Administration and the Aging and Disability Services Administration’s application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. If funded, this project will find a better way to care for individuals who are eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare, known as ‘dual eligibles.’

Health Care Reform–How it Affects You: The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner provides detailed information and fact sheets on health reform for: Working families and individuals, Early retirees, Young Adults, Children, Seniors, and Small businesses.

Implementing Health Reform-Federal Rules and State Roles:  A brief from the Alliance for Health Reform outlining states’ responsibilities under the ACA.

For Consumers

HealthCare.gov: A federal site providing a consumer-oriented overview of insurance options and coverage requirements under the new law, along with news and upcoming changes.

Health Reform Subsidy Calculator: The Kaiser Foundation’s calculator will help you estimate your health insurance premiums and subsidies under reform.

AARP User’s Guide to Health Reform: Reader-friendly articles highlighting what health reform means for different groups, including individuals receiving Medicare, those with employer insurance, and people without insurance. Includes a “donut hole” calculator and factsheet.

For Employers

Small Business Tax Credit Tip Sheet: Guidelines from WAHA to help small business owners understand whether they qualify and how to claim tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for providing health insurance to employees.

Small Business Majority Health Reform FAQ: Information on coverage requirements and options, tax credits, health insurance exchanges and more.

Tax Credit Calculator: The Center for American Progress has developed a calculator to help small businesses estimate the tax credits they will receive for providing health insurance for their employees.

For Providers

Electronic Health Record Incentives Explained: CMS provides detailed information about the requirements, eligibility and timelines for meeting the “meaningful use” standards under the EHR incentive program.

For Government Agencies

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: Health reform information including funding opportunities, ACA analyses, and a timeline.