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Policy Update- Week of 8/22/16

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to require that Marketplace insurers accept premium assistance from non-profits like Patient Services Inc., as a Congressional bill that would force that change gains 102 bipartisan cosponsors.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) attempts to quell concerns about dramatic premium hikes for Marketplace plans by releasing a study showing that Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies will greatly mitigate increases for the vast majority of consumers.  HHS also notes that premium increases are far lower in the 31 states that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

Regulators in Georgia and Tennessee allow Marketplace insurers to increase premiums even more drastically after the departures of several large insurers.  Smaller insurers continue leave the Marketplaces in Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas. 

You can find the full Health Reform Update here. Visit our Advocacy page and join our PSI Patient Coalition.

 

 



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