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Health Reform Update - Sept 22

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In the Health Reform Update for this week, three Republican-appointed judges reject the claim by a cash-only physician group that the delayed employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) must be immediately implemented.                       

A Health and Human Services (HHS) report finds that ACA Marketplaces will add 77 new insurers next year and argues that the increased competition will reduce premium costs.  Colorado becomes the latest state to report only nominal average increases in Marketplace premiums, although it expects 30 percent fewer enrollees for 2015. 

New studies show that the ACA’s Medicaid expansion has lowered uncompensated care costs by $4.2 billion in participating states and cut the uninsured rate among Latino adults by more than half.

New bills to lower out-of-pocket drug costs are proposed in Michigan and Ohio as yet another study shows that 70 percent of bronze and silver Marketplace plans are relying on specialty tier coinsurance to shift costs for orphan drugs to consumers.

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