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Federal Policy

As the largest, single US healthcare payer, the government plays a dominant role in shaping the healthcare marketplace. Our experts track, interpret, and model federal policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.

What Are Association Health Plans?

On January 4, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule to allow certain self-employed individuals, small businesses, and large businesses, including as part of a professional/trade organization or chamber of commerce, to band together to provide health insurance for their employees and their dependents.

Impact Evaluation: Medicare Advantage Transition from RAPS to EDS

In February 2017, Avalere, an Inovalon company, analyzed data from eight Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) representing 1.1 million beneficiaries in more than 30 unique plans operating across the country to understand the impact of shifting the determination of plan risk scores from the traditional Risk Adjustment Processing System (RAPS) to the new Encounter Data System (EDS).

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