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Policy Update-Week of Nov 10

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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the federal appeals court for D.C. has delayed its review of the validity of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies in federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) until the U.S. Supreme Court rules next year. 

Idaho becomes the only Republican-controlled state to transition to a state-based Marketplace, a move that could spare consumers from losing premium subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates them for FFMs. Nevada and Oregon officials also clarify that temporarily using the FFM web portal for this year did not convert them from state-based Marketplace status. 

Marketplace consumers receive good news as studies showing average premiums will rise by less than six percent nationwide and actually fall in major cities.

CIGNA settles a discrimination complaint with the Florida insurance commissioner by reducing out-of-pocket costs for HIV consumers, but several other insurers continue to apply specialty tier coinsurance to all HIV drugs. 

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and read about our Patient Coalition if you are interested in advocacy.

 

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