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Policy Update- Weeks of 8/17 and 8/24

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, Republican lawmakers start to push back against a little-noticed Obama Administration interpretation of the annual out-of-pocket limits required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  A new survey showing that the ACA tax on high-cost plans could impact one-quarter of employers provides additional momentum for Congressional efforts to repeal the provision.

 

Long-awaited guidance from the Health Resources and Services Administration appears to narrow the popular 340B drug discount program for safety net providers, while new Food and Drug Administration guidance proposing unique identifiers for biosimilar products sparks opposition from generic drug groups.

 

State regulators across the nation approve some huge 2016 premium increases for large insurers claiming that health costs are exceeding expectations for the first two years of full ACA implementation.  However, states like Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington are not allowing average increases to break double-digits.

 

Republican lawmakers in Alaska file suit against their Governor’s plan to unilaterally expand Medicaid under the ACA on September 1st, while a lower court dismisses similar litigation brought by Republican lawmakers in Arizona.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here. If you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.

 

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