Health Reform Update-Wks of 1/25 & 2/1/16

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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, the House fails to override a Presidential veto of legislation that would have repealed key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, the President agrees to scale back the “Cadillac” tax on high-cost health plans that is unpopular with lawmakers from both parties.                                              

ACA Marketplace enrollment increased by 15 percent over last year’s open enrollment period, with more than 12.7 million sign-ups.  For federally-facilitated Marketplaces, more than 42 percent were new customers.  Florida and California lead the nation in Marketplace enrollments, as they did last year, while two states that scrapped their state-based Marketplaces in favor of the federal web portal (Oregon and Nevada) are among the states showing the greatest enrollment growth for 2016.

Alaska is left with only one insurer for the entire individual market after a nearly 40 percent rate hike could not keep Moda Health financially viable.   The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) gives non-profit health insurance cooperatives the flexibility to sell non-Marketplace plans and delay ACA loan repayments in an effort to stave-off further plan liquidations.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and visit our Advocacy page for more information about the PSI Patient Coalition.

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