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2013

Preventive Services in Medicaid (January 1, 2013)
Funding to state Medicaid programs that cover preventive services for patients at little or no cost.

Expanding Authority to Bundle Payments (January 1, 2013)
A national pilot program to encourage hospitals, doctors and other providers to work together to improve the coordination and quality of care. In turn the hospital, doctors and providers are paid a flat rate for an episode of care rather than the current model where each service, test or procedure is billed separately to Medicare.

Increased Medicaid Payments for Primary Care Doctors (January 1, 2013)
Requires states to pay primary care physicians no less than 100% of Medicare payment rates in 2013 and 2014 for primary care services that will be fully funded by the federal government.

Medicare Part D (2013)
Begin phasing in federal subsidies for brand name prescriptions.

Launch of Health Insurance Marketplaces (October 1, 2013)
Health Insurance Marketplaces will be available in each state for users to review, research, select and enroll into insurance policies that meet their needs. All policies will begin coverage on January 1, 2014. 

Continued Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (October 1, 2013)
States will receive an additional two years of funding to continue the Children’s Health Insurance Program for children ineligible for Medicaid.

Flexible Spending Account Limits (2013)
Limits of $2,500 per year will be placed on contributions to flexible spending accounts (FSAs), indexed by Consumer Price Index (CPI) for subsequent years.

Medicare Pilot Program (2013)
This national pilot program encourages hospitals, doctors, and other providers to work together to improve the coordination and quality of patient care. Hospitals, doctors, and providers are paid a flat rate for an episode of care rather than the current system where each service or test is billed separately to Medicare. A claim will be "bundled" to include the entire team for the specific episode that required care.