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Policy Update- Weeks of February 8 and 15, 2016

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, Congress pre-emptively rejects the President’s proposed budget plan that includes provisions to cut Medicare spending and prices for prescription drugs. 

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces that Medicare enrollees have now received an average discount of nearly $1,950 due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The agency also creates a new special enrollment period for consumers barred from 2016 Marketplace coverage because they failed to reconcile ACA premium assistance they received in 2014. 

           

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that only eight states are mostly responsible for the 37 percent post-ACA drop in the nation’s uninsured rate, led by Kentucky.  New Hampshire lawmakers clear the way for two-year re-authorization of that state’s Medicaid expansion alternative.  However, Medicaid expansion efforts suffer another setback in the Kansas House and Senate. 

Insurance giant Humana enters into a consent order preventing further use of discriminatory cost-sharing for HIV/AIDS patients in Florida. 

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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