Reform law requires electronic enrollment for federal, state health programs

Details of the massive health insurance reform law continue to trickle out, and some even pertain to health IT.

Health Data Management has discovered that one section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services to develop secure, interoperable protocols for electronic enrollment in federal and state programs. The legislation gives Washington the power to mandate that states adopt such standards as a condition of receiving any federal grant funding authorized by the law.

The enrollment system must be able to match registrant information against existing federal and state databases for vital statistics, tax records, employment history and other enrollment records. It also must allow people to apply online for benefits and include the ability to reuse stored eligibility information for the purpose of retaining enrollees.

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