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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, the
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the latest procedural challenge to the
Affordable Care Act (ACA) while President Obama prepares to sweeten the pot for
the 19 states that are still refusing to participate in the ACA’s Medicaid
expansion. The Medicare Payment Advisory
Commission recommends that Congress cut Medicare Part B payments by ten percent
for discounted drugs furnished to safety net providers in the Section 340B
the urging of health insurers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) eliminates six special enrollment periods for next year. The agency acknowledges that premiums in federally-facilitated
Marketplaces have risen by an average of nine percent for this year’s open
enrollment period, although insurer participation has remained stable. New surveys show that the steep drop in the
uninsured rate after full ACA implementation started to plateau in 2015.
new governor takes steps to move his state’s successful ACA Marketplace to
federal control while the governor’s task force in Minnesota votes to maintain
state control over its Marketplace despite technological failures. Republican lawmakers in Nebraska and Wyoming
renew efforts to expand Medicaid despite repeated defeats.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.