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Policy Update-Wks of 3/2 & 3/9

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, a key justice casts doubt on the U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies received by 7.7 million consumers in federally-facilitated Marketplaces.  Republican lawmakers offer several proposals to at least temporarily extend the subsidies should they be struck down in June. 

For the second time this year, the Congressional Budget Office cuts it estimate of total ACA costs due to lower than expected growth in health insurance premiums. 

The Food and Drug Administration approves the first biosimilar product under the regulatory pathway created by the ACA.  CVS predicts that biosimilar competition could reduce biologic drug costs by as much as 30-40 percent.

Despite some Republican support, Medicaid expansion efforts continue to hit roadblocks in conservative states like Alaska, Missouri, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.  However, the Florida House Speaker signals for the first time that his chamber may ultimately agree to some form of expansion alternative.

Oregon’s new governor signs legislation allowing a state agency to take over the troubled Cover Oregon Marketplace. 

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