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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, House
Republican leaders unveil their long-awaited replacement for the Affordable
Care Act (ACA) that would retain the law’s most popular provisions but repeal
the individual and employer mandates, Medicare cost-cutting board, minimum
essential health benefits, and other consumer protections. It would also transition Medicare into a
premium support program where enrollees could use vouchers to purchase private
coverage in an insurance exchange.
Department of Health and Human Services seeks to limit the use of short-term
health insurance coverage that can evade ACA standards and gives states $22
million in additional grants to strengthen their process for limiting
“unreasonable” premium increases.
initial victory in a class action lawsuit forces three more states to stop
rationing Medicaid coverage for costly hepatitis C drugs only to those most
severely ill. California becomes the
first state to allow undocumented residents to purchase Marketplace coverage
(pending federal approval), while Vermont enacts a first-in-the-nation law to
require that drugmakers provide data justifying price increases for certain
drugs. A non-profit insurance
cooperative in Ohio becomes the 13th to fail due to the shortfall in
ACA reinsurance payments for costly claims.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.