Policy Update- Week of 12/7/2015

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the House may stall action on a reconciliation bill to repeal key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after the Congressional Budget Office projects that it would increase long-term budget deficits. 


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tries to boost 2016 Marketplace enrollment by refusing to grant further grace periods for those who miss the January 31st deadline and do not qualify for special enrollment.


Medicaid expansion efforts continue to dominate state news.  Republican governors in South Dakota and Wyoming come out in favor of expanding despite staunch legislative opposition.  Arkansas offers to continue its expansion but only if CMS allows it make changes that have not been approved for other states.  The Virginia Hospital Association drops its opposition to provider assessments in an effort to break that state’s expansion impasse. 


The only profitable non-profit cooperative created with ACA loans reveals financial losses that will prevent it from accepting new enrollees in 2016.

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