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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, Senate
leaders eye a late June vote on their fast-tracked bill to repeal and replace
key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while pledging unprecedented
secrecy regarding its contents.
At least one major insurer (Centene) is seeking to
fill the void in Marketplaces where insurers continue to exit due to
uncertainty over if and how the ACA will be repealed. New York implements emergency rules barring
insurers from participating in Medicaid if they leave the Marketplace, while at
least 11 other states are weighing state-funded reinsurance programs that would
retain Marketplace insurers and mitigate rate hikes by compensating them for
exceptional claims. Three states
(Arkansas, California, and New Mexico) are letting Marketplace insurers submit
two set of proposed premiums in the event Congress does not fully-fund the
ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies or eliminates other key ACA provisions.
Maryland enacts the nation’s first law to prevent
price-gouging for essential generic and off-patent drugs, despite the
governor’s concerns over its constitutionality, while New York becomes the
first to cap annual spending on prescription drugs.
You can find the full Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.