In the Health Reform Update for the week, Congress avoids a government shutdown with a temporary spending extension until December.
New data show that the number of Americans with health insurance is at a historical high, as are the number of enrollees in Medicare Advantage plans. HHS reports find that 90 percent of Marketplace enrollees have paid their plan premiums, while the Affordable Care Act (ACA) saved consumers more than $1 billion in lower health insurance premiums last year.
The HHS Inspector General warns drug manufacturers that their copayment coupons are still being improperly used to purchase Medicare Part D drugs, despite company safeguards.
The District of Columbia, Maine, and Massachusetts are the latest to report only nominal increases in Marketplace premiums for 2015. Maine, Massachusetts, and Mississippi also announced that they will have expanded competition in their Marketplaces. However, the largest insurer in Minnesota’s Marketplace abruptly pulls out.
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