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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, a federal appeals court rejects the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while conservative groups ask the U.S. Supreme Court for an expedited review of last week’s conflicting decisions on the law’s premium subsidies. The House of Representatives authorizes an unprecedented lawsuit against President Obama in an effort to force implementation of the delayed employer mandate—a provision they previously sought to repeal.
Medicare trustees credit the ACA for helping to extend the program’s solvency by four years. However, the Government Accountability Office takes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to task for cost overruns in fixing the federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) website.
Marketplace premiums for California are set to rise by only a modest 4.2 percent average next year. By contrast, Marketplace consumers in states like Florida that lack rate review and decided to continue ACA-deficient plans will see double-digit rate hikes. New Mexico opts to stay with the FFM for an additional year, while Illinois and Oregon seek to contain prescription drug costs by limiting Medicaid coverage for a costly Hepatitis C “cure”.
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