California Healthline: Implementation of Several Affordable Care Act Provisions Delayed

The Obama administration has missed the deadline for implementing several Affordable Care Act provisions, as it focuses on meeting the law’s requirements for the health insurance exchanges and the Medicaid expansion, Kaiser Health News/MedPage Today reports.

The four ACA provisions scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 that are delayed are:

  • Increased reimbursements for primary care physicians who treat Medicaid beneficiaries;
  • Changes in how hospitals and physicians are paid through Medicare;
  • Increased federal funding for states that eliminate copayments for preventive care; and
  • Guidance on how states are to implement a new coverage option called the “basic health program,” which is aimed at helping low- and middle-income families who do not qualify for Medicaid gain coverage.

The administration has issued guidance

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