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In the Health Reform Update for this week, Anthem
Blue Cross Blue Shield and CIGNA become the latest major insurers threatening
to scale back their participation in Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces unless regulatory changes ensure more
favorable risk pools. The Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hints that it may limit third-party
premium assistance from charitable groups like PSI in order to address insurer
complaints that making Marketplace plans affordable to high-cost patients is
unfair to participating carriers.
private analysis of Marketplace premiums shows that consumers in states
resisting ACA implementation will pay 12 percent more on average in 2017 than
those in states that expanded Medicaid and/or created their own
Jersey seeks to become the latest state to protect consumers from surprise
medical bills while new fiscal numbers in Louisiana show that the Medicaid
expansion has turned a budget deficit into a surplus. A ballot referendum that would limit
prescription drug prices for state health programs in California to those paid
by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs appears to be in trouble after
some consumer groups join the opposition from pharmaceutical companies.
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.