Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)

Index of articles from Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)

Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) logo Welcome to the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the federal agency that administers the Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Programs.

HCFA provides health insurance for over 74 million Americans through Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health. The majority of these individuals receive their benefits through the Fee-for-Service delivery system, however, an increasing number are choosing managed care plans.

In addition to providing health insurance, HCFA also regulates all laboratory testing (except research) in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) program.

HCFA Special Projects and Initiatives include:
-- Year-2000 Compliance,
-- Fraud and Abuse,
-- Philadelphia's "Your Medicare Center," and
-- State Health Reform.

DHHS Initiatives in which HCFA is involved includes:
-- Insurance Reform (HIPAA)
-- "PAYERID", and
-- "National Provider Identifier"