Policy Update-Wk of 5/4

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, President Obama is likely to veto the Republican budget passed by the House and Senate that seeks to cut Medicare by $430 billion and repeal specific provisions the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through reconciliation.  Senate Republicans also demand greater oversight of federal Marketplace grants after reports show at least half of the state-based models continue to struggle with higher costs and lower enrollment than anticipated.

A RAND Corporation study shows that 17 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA Marketplaces opened while the nation’s uninsured population declined by 40 percent.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to push hold-out states to expand Medicaid under the ACA by eliminating temporary waivers that provided at least nine states with alternative funding for uncompensated care.

Montana becomes the 29th state to pass an ACA Medicaid expansion, though it will likely need to be modified to secure federal approval due to premium and work requirements that have already been rejected by CMS for other states.  Republican lawmakers in Florida and Louisiana dig in in their fight against expansion initiatives.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.


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