In the Health Reform Update for this week, Senate Republicans
vow to continue fighting to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act
(ACA) next year after their latest plan failed to pass before the 2017 budget
reconciliation authority expired.
Bipartisan negotiations resume on a short-term
Marketplace stabilization plan that would mitigate dramatic premium increases being
caused in most states by “uncertainty” over whether the ACA’s cost-sharing
reductions will be funded for the entire plan year. Marketplaces consumers in Florida, Georgia,
and Washington will see unprecedented spikes of up to 57 percent on average,
while those in Arizona and Minnesota will see only slight increases (or
The debate over ACA repeal causes Congress to miss
the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) and belated bills get bogged down over disagreements
about how to offset costs.
Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduces
bipartisan legislation strongly backed by PSI that would prevent Marketplace
insurers from discriminating against those with costly illnesses by refusing to
accept third-party premium and copayment assistance from charitable
A federal judge allows Maryland’s unprecedented law
against prescription drug price gouging to go into effect despite a pending
legal challenge from generic drug manufacturers.
You can find the full Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.