In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, Republican
lawmakers start to push back against a little-noticed Obama Administration
interpretation of the annual out-of-pocket limits required by the Affordable
Care Act (ACA). A new survey showing
that the ACA tax on high-cost plans could impact one-quarter of employers
provides additional momentum for Congressional efforts to repeal the provision.
guidance from the Health Resources and Services Administration appears to
narrow the popular 340B drug discount program for safety net providers, while
new Food and Drug Administration guidance proposing unique identifiers for
biosimilar products sparks opposition from generic drug groups.
regulators across the nation approve some huge 2016 premium increases for large
insurers claiming that health costs are exceeding expectations for the first
two years of full ACA implementation.
However, states like Florida, Massachusetts, and Washington are not
allowing average increases to break double-digits.
lawmakers in Alaska file suit against their Governor’s plan to unilaterally
expand Medicaid under the ACA on September 1st, while a lower court dismisses
similar litigation brought by Republican lawmakers in Arizona.
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