Tomorrow, the President sends his FY 2012 budget proposal up to Capitol Hill. The House Ways and Means and Budget Committees will be holding hearings on the proposal later this week. So it's a two front battle.
Business Insurance reports that House and Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to eliminate the $2500 cap on health care flexible spending accounts which the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") imposed effective in 2013 and the ACA's restrictions on reimbursement of over the counter drugs that took effect this year. However, as FSA funding counts toward the ACA's Cadillac or high cost health plan tax, I expect a sharp reduction in FSA offerings in 2018 even if this bill is enacted.
On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services launched "a new web portal providing important health and health care indicator data to support innovations in information technology."
The Health Indicators Warehouse is a collection of health indicators from a wide array of HHS data sources that are maintained to support researchers, technology developers and policymakers. Health indicators are measurable characteristics that describe the health of a population (e.g., life expectancy, mortality, disease incidence or prevalence, or other health states); determinants of health (e.g., health behaviors, health risk factors, physical environments, and socioeconomic environments); and health care access, cost, quality, and use. Depending on the measure, a health indicator may be defined for a specific population, place, political jurisdiction, or geographic area. Currently, the Health Indicators Warehouse includes nearly 1200 health indicators derived from over 170 different data sources, with all being downloadable via APIs.Pretty cool.