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Health Reform Update - August 4th

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that the controversial individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not apply to 90 percent of the uninsured population.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that more than 7.2 million Americans have gained Medicaid or SCHIP coverage since the ACA Marketplaces opened.  The agency delays public release of data revealing drug manufacturer payments to physicians, while the Inspector General identifies more than $32 million in “questionable” Medicare Part D payments for HIV/AIDS drugs.

A new study confirms that Marketplace enrollees in rural areas pay higher premiums due to less competition.  The public relations battle over 2015 premium hikes continues in states like Colorado, Florida, and Mississippi, where rates are increasing or decreasing by more than 20 percent.  Massachusetts claims that it has successfully fixed software flaws in its ACA Marketplace and will retain state control in 2015.     

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and more information about PSI's Patient Coalition here.

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