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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, Congressional bills repealing the medical device tax and Medicare cost-cutting board under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) advance with bipartisan support.
Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces fell by nearly 13 percent in March as consumers were required to pay their first month's premiums. However, the total of 10.2 enrollees still surpasses the 9.1 million target for the 2015 open enrollment period. A federal lawsuit filed by a former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official forces the agency to release proposed double-digit rate hikes for 2016.
Pennsylvania and Delaware submit plans to convert their ACA Marketplaces to state control if the U.S. Supreme Court invalidates premium subsidies for federal Marketplaces later this month. Hawaii becomes the fourth state Marketplace to revert back to federal control after unresolved technical glitches prevented it from being financially self-sustaining as required by 2015. The Florida House rejects the latest attempt by the Florida Senate to expand Medicaid under the ACA.
You can find the full Health Reform Update here. You can also join the PSI Patient Coalition if you are interested in Advocacy.