In addition to creating state-level health insurance agencies, the new health reform law includes a series of authorities and responsibilities for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Specifically, the Secretary has the authority to:
HHS will also conduct regular, national worksite surveys to assess employer-based policies and programs and report to Congress and the public with recommendations on how to improve them.
Starting in 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury (IRS) will function as the government's chief enforcer for healthcare reform, monitoring both businesses and individuals to certify that they have the insurance coverage the government requires.
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