The National Conference of State Legislatures has launched a searchable database that provides comprehensive information about the latest developments in the implementation of the federal health reform law at the state level, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports (“Healthwatch,” The Hill, 3/15).
The database, which is accessible at no cost, tracks various issues and provisions related to the overhaul.
The database includes 2011 legislation, including pending, failed and enacted bills and resolutions. The database is intended to capture state actions related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act, together referred to as the Affordable Care Act or federal health reform. Topics relate to some of the major provisions in the Affordable Care Act and include Medicaid, Health Insurance Exchanges, Health Insurance Reform, Health Information Technology, Prevention and Wellness, and Providers and Workforce. A seperate topic, Challenges and Alternatives, covers policies that differ from the federal provisions.