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CURRENT PRIORITIES

HEARTH Act

The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009, enacted into law on May 20, 2009, consolidates HUD's competitive homelessness assistance grant programs and names this merger, the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program. The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program interim rule was published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2012 and became effective August 30, 2012.
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HUD Section 811 Program Update

In February 2013, HUD awarded $98 million in Section 811 PRA grant awards to 13 states to create 3,530 new integrated PSH units. HUD is expected to announce another $120 million for 12 to 18 new awards this winter in response to a NOFA published in March 2014. To date, forty-two states and the District of Columbia have applied for Section 811 PRA program funding.
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The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The ACA was signed into law on March 23, 2010, presenting significant opportunities to improve access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Key provisions that went into effect January 1, 2014 include the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will provide consumers with a way to compare insurance plans in their state and apply for subsidies to help cover the cost of insurance, and Medicaid Expansion. The Insurance Marketplaces opened in every state on October 1, 2013, and states have the option to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income, childless adults. 
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Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)

On November 8, 2013, a final rule to implement the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) was issued by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury. This regulation ensures that people won't be charged higher co-payments or deductibles for mental health and substance use disorder services than they would for physical ailments. MHPAEA requires that group health plans and health insurance issuers do not have greater limitations on co-pays, deductibles, or treatment limitations for mental health and substance use disorder benefits than they do for medical and surgical benefits.
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Federal Budget

On December 16, 2014 President Obama signed the “cromnibus” spending bill into law. The bill provides funding through FY15 for all federal agencies, except the Department of Homeland Security, which is funded through a Continuing Resolution (CR) ending February 28, 2015.   
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