Health Reform Update - June 30

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court narrows the preventive services mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while Congress increases its scrutiny of the $84,000 per treatment cost for the latest Hepatitis C drug.

An Inspector General Report confirms that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is still unable to fully verify income and citizenship data for Marketplace applicants.  However, the agency is directing six states to develop plans within ten days to reduce backlogs of Medicaid applications caused by their inability to communicate with the federal Marketplace and data hub.

Several states announced that additional insurers are applying to participate in the ACA Marketplaces for 2015, with the greater competition expected to result in lower premiums.  However, other states such as Connecticut and New York continue to see proposed increases in the low double digits.   

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