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Policy Update-Wk of 6/22

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the U.S. Supreme Court ensures that the premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain available to consumers in all Marketplaces, regardless of where they live.

The House passes a repeal of the controversial Medicare cost-cutting board but loses its Democratic sponsor after amendments would make further cuts to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health fund.  Appropriations bills passed by House and Senate committees continue to try and block funding for ACA implementation.  The 21st Century Cures Act appears to lose momentum after the Congressional Budget Office finds that only a small fraction of its $106 billion cost would be offset.

Legislation to limit prescription drug cost-sharing continues to advance in California, while a new bill is introduced in New Jersey.  The Florida governor drops his lawsuit against the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for trying to “coerce” his state into expanding Medicaid after CMS agrees to phase-out the loss of federal uncompensated care funding.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and visit our Patient Advocacy page if you’re interested in Advocacy!

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