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55 Health Care Reform Acronyms

Health care reform has introduced a new language of acronyms, terminology, and abbreviations. These acronyms are used to describe the law, regulations, health insurance, and government entities. Here is a list of the top 55 health care reform acronyms, and what they stand for.

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55 Health Care Reform Acronyms

Health Reform Acronym

What it Stands For

ACA

Affordable Care Act

ACO

Accountable Care Organization

ADA

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

AHO

Accountable Health Organization

APTC

Advanceable Premium Tax Credit

ARRA

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("Stimulus Bill")

AV

Actuarial Values

BHP

Basic Health Plan

CHIP

Children’s Health Insurance Program, enacted 1977

CHIPRA

Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009

CMS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CO-OP

Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan

DOL

US Department of Labor

ECP

Essential Community Provider

EHB

Essential Health Benefits

EHBP

Essential Health Benefits Package

EHR

Electronic Health Record

ESI

Employer Sponsored Insurance

FEHBP

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

FFS

Fee-For-Service

FMAP

Federal Medical Assistance Percentage

FPL

Federal Poverty Level

FQHC

Federally Qualified Health Center

FR

Federal Register

FT

Full Time

FTE

Full Time Equivalent

GF

Grandfathered Health Plan

HCR

Health Care Reform

HHS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIE or HIX

Health Insurance Exchange

HIM

Health Insurance Marketplace

HIT

Health Insurance Tax

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996

HRP

High Risk Pools

HRSA

Federal Health Resources and Services Administration

IFR

Interim Final Rule

MA

Medicare Advantage

MAGI

Modified Adjusted Gross Income

MCO

Managed Care Organization

MEC

Minimum Essential Coverage

MedPAC

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

MV

Minimum Value

OEP

Open Enrollment Period

PEPM

Per Employee Per Month

PMPM

Per Member Per Month

PPACA

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

PT

Part Time

PTC

Premium Tax Credit

QHP

Qualified Health Plan

RFP

Request for Proposal

SEP

Special Enrollment Period

SHOP

Small Business Health Options Program

SSA

Social Security Administration

SSI

Supplemental Security Income

TANF

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program

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