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In the Health Reform Update for this week, Congress
passes a budget resolution that will allow them to dismantle key provisions of
the Affordable Care Act (ACA) later this month. President-elect Trump pledges
to introduce an immediate replacement plan in February although some Republican
leaders are insisting on a “transition period” of at least 2-3 years to prevent
“chaos” in the individual health insurance market. Republican leaders also break with the
President-elect on his plans to give Medicare Part D the authority to negotiate
prescription drug prices.
chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee commits to extending the
ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies through at least 2017 even though the
President-elect could terminate them immediately by dropping the Obama
Administration’s appeal of an adverse federal court decision. A separate federal court allows insurers to
pursue a class action lawsuit to recover unpaid ACA risk corridor payments from
Marketplaces experience record enrollment despite the threat of repeal and an
average premium increase of more than 20 percent for the most popular
plans. New studies blame the premium
increases largely on initial “underpricing” by insurers and predict they are a
The North Carolina legislature obtains a court order
blocking the new governor’s effort to expand Medicaid under the ACA before the
Obama Administration leaves office.
Minnesota Republicans pass a premium relief plan to give consumers
ineligible for ACA subsidies up to a 25 percent rebate on 2017 premiums.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.