In the Health Reform Update for this week, Congress
overwhelmingly passes landmark legislation to expedite the approval of
breakthrough drugs for rare disorders medical cures, in a rare show of
Republicans set a January 3rd date to move forward on repealing key
provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that impact the federal budget
deficit. However, Republican leaders
remain undecided on whether to include the ACA’s premium and cost-sharing
subsidies in the repeal bill, as well as the Medicaid expansion that Republican
governors want to retain. A federal
appeals court gives the Trump Administration discretion over whether to
immediately terminate the cost-sharing subsidies without Congressional action.
and Senate Republicans remain divided on how to replace the ACA, as well as the
length of a transition period before the repeal takes effect.
Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services Secretary wants to privatize
Medicare and block grant Medicaid.
Republican leaders insist the former is “off the table” until the ACA is
repealed while the latter may move forward this year.
The new nominee for
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to grant states
greater flexibility to expand Medicaid under the ACA, should it be
seeks a federal waiver to continue its own state-funded reinsurance program
that dramatically cut Marketplace premium increases. A health committee chair renews his effort to
make California the second state to require greater transparency for
prescription drug prices.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
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