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Policy Update- Week of 06/20/2016

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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. 

 

The 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.

 

An 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.

 

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