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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, a
lower federal court says the Obama Administration lacks Congressional authority
to fund the cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but
allows the subsidies to continue until an appeal is heard. Two Republican lawmakers unveil the first ACA
replacement bill, which does not repeal the ACA but substitutes a $2,500 tax
credit in place of key provisions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce
that the nation’s uninsured rate hit a record low in 2015. The Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Services will let the11 remaining non-profit health insurance
cooperatives created with ACA loans access funding from private investors in an
effort to help them survive. An
Administration proposal to test new payment methods for Medicare Part B drugs
(including those infused or injected) draws opposition from more than 1,200 stakeholders.
health insurers announce plans to remain in ACA Marketplaces despite the exodus
of UnitedHealthcare and Humana in 2017, even though a new study shows
Marketplace losses nearly doubled last year.
Proposed premium hikes for Marketplace plans in California and New York
are coming in higher than for 2016.
Medicaid expansion efforts gain new momentum in the hold-out states of
Georgia and Oklahoma.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.