Health Reform Update - Aug 18th

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denies the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while a Congressional bill to create a less comprehensive coverage tier gets a boost from an Avalere Health study showing it would lower premiums 18 percent. 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decide not to release one-third of records revealing manufacturer payments to physicians, claiming they are erroneous.  The agency has also agreed to consider a request from consumer advocates to pay for HIV/AIDS screening for all Medicare enrollees.

State news focuses on new studies putting pressure on hold-out states like Texas, Wisconsin, and Wyoming to expand Medicaid pursuant to the ACA.  Maryland officials insist that the rebuilt web portal for their state-based Marketplace will be operational before the 2015 open enrollment period.

You can view the full Health Reform Update here and  for more information about the PSI Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition.

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