In the Health Reform Update for the past week, Senate
Republicans heighten their scrutiny of reinsurance payments intended to
stabilize premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as shortfalls continue
to result in the closure or departure of Marketplace insurers.
joins with Anthem Blue Cross and Aetna in deciding to expand their Marketplace
presence next year, helping to fill the gaps left by the departures of UnitedHealth
Group and Humana. Insurance regulators
in Ohio, Oregon, and Illinois are negotiating agreements with insurers to allow
consumers of four failed health insurance cooperatives to apply their existing
out-of-pocket expenses to new coverage.
dramatic rate hikes sought by individual insurers in states like Maryland,
Pennsylvania, and Texas, a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows
that individual market premiums have actually declined since the ACA was fully
implemented. The Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services announces that premiums for Medicare Part D drug plans
will remain stable for 2017.
becomes the last state to
provide coverage for children from low and middle-income families after
receiving federal approval to unfreeze its enrollment in the State Children's
Health Insurance Program.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.