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In the Health Reform Update for this week, federal
data shows that lower Marketplace competition is causing premiums for benchmark
coverage to increase by an average of 22 percent nationwide, though wide
variations exist among states. The rate
spike is more than three times the average increase for 2016, but premiums are
still in line with Congressional Budget Office projections prior to enactment
of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Due to
fewer numbers of Marketplace insurers, the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) is predicting that only 1.1 million more consumers will enroll
in Marketplace coverage next year.
Marketplace Access Project (MAP) reports that more than 85 percent of public
comments received by HHS support a federal prohibition against Marketplace
insurers deliberately making coverage unaffordable for persons with costly
disorders by barring any third-party premium assistance from charitable groups.
A Congressional bill forcing that change has received 130 bipartisan
cosponsors. New federal civil rights complaints reveal that seven insurers in
eight states are continuing to discriminate against persons with HIV/AIDS by
making their drug coverage as unaffordable as possible.
nation’s largest trade association for health insurers is fighting efforts by
Congressional Republicans to prevent health plans from receiving the millions
of dollars in payments that they are due under the ACA for serving subscribers
with exceptionally costly claims.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.