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Policy Update-Wks of 4/6 & 4/13

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, a rare bipartisan compromise permanently repeals the flawed formula for Medicare physician payments, reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two years, and increases Medicare premiums on higher-income enrollees.  Meanwhile, one federal appeals court rejects the effort by a Republican Senator to block members of Congress and staff from receiving subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act while another upholds an injunction against Missouri’s overly-burdensome restrictions on Marketplace navigators and enrollment assisters. 

The latest Gallup survey shows that the national uninsured rate hit a new record low during the first quarter of 2015.  However, prescription drug spending saw its largest single-year increase since 2001, according to a separate analysis.

Montana will likely be the 29th state to expand Medicaid under the ACA after a procedural power-play allows moderate Republicans to overcome conservative opposition.  Florida’s Governor threatens to sue for “coercion” after the Obama Administration refuses to provide billions more in indigent care funding unless the state also participates in the ACA expansion.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and visit our page on Advocacy if you are interesting in helping our PSI Patient Coalition.

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