The Affordable Care Act (ACA) health reform law is apparently here to stay, thanks to the Supreme Court decision in NFIB v. Sebelius and the reelection of President Barack Obama. But health care is not a bygone subject. States this year must determine how they want to handle Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX), if at all, and whether to opt into the ACA Medicaid expansion.

The 113th Congress, meanwhile, could deal with ACA issues such as the medical device tax, medical innovations, and mental health benefits that Qualified Health Plans (QHP) on the exchanges and other private health plans must provide. Medicare and Medicaid will continue to be part of proposals to reduce the federal debt.

TogoRun’s Freshman Health Book:

This year 48 Democrats and 35 Republicans newly joined the House. Nine Democrats, four Republicans, and one Independent took their seats in the Senate. Women now make up a record number of Congressional representatives, as do Hispanics and Latinos, according to the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

TogoRun, specialists in health communications and public relations, has prepared an excellent resource – the Freshman Health Book – for understanding health care in the 113th Congress. TogoRun analyzed a host of political news, tracking websites, and candidate statements to pin down each new Member’s relationship with and stance on important health policy issues.

A quick overview of the report’s analysis is below:

A new CRS brief also has additional useful information about Members of the 113th Congress. For example, the brief points out that 20 percent of Members serve in the military or are veterans. Those members will have personal experience with three other major health care institutions, the U.S. Military Health System, TRICARE, and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). See here for my previous posts on military and veterans health care.

Disclosure: Kip Piper is a senior consultant to TogoRun and its sister agency, Fleishman-Hillard, both part of Omnicom Group.