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In the Health Reform Update for this week, Marketplace
sign-ups surge during the first week of open enrollment despite dramatic
premium spikes and the Trump Administration’s decision to eliminate
cost-sharing subsidies and slash most marketing and outreach funding.
A bipartisan Senate bill that would restore
cost-sharing subsidies and gives states more waiver flexibility stalls amid
conservative demands that it repeal instead of fix key Affordable Care Act
The President issues an executive order allowing for
the return of limited-benefit health plans in 2019 but agrees to insurer
demands to enforce the ACA’s individual mandate for at least 2018.
California’s governor signs the nation’s most
comprehensive prescription drug price transparency bill into law, as well as
legislation limiting manufacturer discounts for brand-name drugs. Maine’s governor attempts to defy a voter-passed
referendum directing the state to participate in the Medicaid expansion under
the ACA. Ohio voters overwhelmingly
reject a ballot initiative that sought to cap prescription drug prices paid by
state agencies at the price levels offered to the U.S. Department of Veteran’s
You can find the full Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.