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Policy Update-Wk of Jan 26

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, House members vote for the fourth time to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) but direct committees to develop a replacement plan.  The Congressional Budget Office downgrades its cost estimate for the ACA, but hikes the projected cost to permanently fix the flawed Medicare physician payment formula, decreasing the likelihood of Congressional action. 

 

Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces surpasses initial targets with two weeks remaining in the 2015 open enrollment period.  A Harvard study confirms that Marketplace insurers in at least 12 states are employing discriminatory cost-sharing designs to deter the enrollment of consumers receiving certain high-cost HIV/AIDS drugs.

 

The Internal Revenue Service waives 2014 penalties on ACA subsidy recipients who fail to promptly repay overpayments by April 15th

 

Indiana becomes the 28th state (plus DC) to participate in the ACA’s Medicaid expansion after its private sector alternative receives federal approval, while a similar plan is rejected by Tennessee lawmakers.  The first approved alternative in Arkansas survives for at least another year. 

 

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and if you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.

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