Linking payment to quality outcomes.
Encouraging integrated health systems.
Reducing paperwork and administrative costs.
Understanding and fighting health disparities.
Providing new, voluntary options for long-term care insurance.
Changes in 2013
Improving preventive health coverage.
Expanding authority to bundle payments.
Increasing Medicaid payments for primary care doctors.
Changes already this year
The individual mandate requiring all Americans to have health insurance is in effect
Americans who earn less than 133 percent of the poverty level (approximately $14,000 for an individual, and $29,000 for a family of four) are now eligible for Medicaid. States will receive 100 percent federal funding for the first three years to support this expanded coverage, phasing to 90 percent federal funding in subsequent years.
Tax credits are now available for some using the marketplace, depending on income