Policy Update- Weeks of 8/31 & 9/7/15

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, a federal judge takes the “rare step” of giving Congress standing to sue the President over funding for cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Total Marketplace enrollment declines slightly during the second quarter of 2015 as more than 300,000 enrollees are terminated due to failure to verify their legal immigration status.  Some of the nation’s largest insurers continue to seek dramatic rate hikes and narrower provider networks for the Marketplace plans they will offer in 2016.  State regulators for Connecticut and Massachusetts limit premium increases for their Marketplaces to single-digit averages, while Maryland approves a 12 percent average hike.


A state court refuses to block Alaska’s Medicaid expansion from starting on September 1st.   Pennsylvania completes its transition from a “private sector” Medicaid expansion alternative to a traditional ACA expansion, while Michigan’s governor seeks federal approval to dramatically hike premiums for enrollees in their Medicaid expansion alternative.


The California legislature sends a flurry of consumer protection bills to the Governor, including PSI-backed legislation to limit out-of-pocket drug costs. 

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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