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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the Medicare trustees predict that the program will remain solvent through 2030 but warn of the potential for 52 percent premium hikes next year under Medicare Part B. Preliminary figures from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) show that about 7.5 million Americans are paying a $200 average tax penalty for not obtaining health insurance they can afford in 2014. A Senate Republican requests an IRS investigation into why roughly 710,000 recipi...
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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, the U.S. Supreme Court ensures that the premium and cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will remain available to consumers in all Marketplaces, regardless of where they live. The House passes a repeal of the controversial Medicare cost-cutting board but loses its Democratic sponsor after amendments would make further cuts to the ACA’s Prevention and Public Health fund. Appropriations bills passed by House and Senate commi...
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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, Congressional bills repealing the medical device tax and Medicare cost-cutting board under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) advance with bipartisan support. Enrollment in ACA Marketplaces fell by nearly 13 percent in March as consumers were required to pay their first month’s premiums. However, the total of 10.2 enrollees still surpasses the 9.1 million target for the 2015 open enrollment period. A federal lawsuit filed by a former Centers for ...
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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, a House committee advances a draft version of “21st Century Cures” legislation to expedite drug approvals, while exclusivity for biologic drugs becomes a sticking point in trade legislation blocked by the Senate. Hawaii’s governor agrees to turn control over the state’s beleaguered Marketplace web portal to the federal government. Marketplaces in Colorado and Connecticut approve increases in insurer assessments in order to remain self-sust...
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In the Health Reform Update for the past week, President Obama is likely to veto the Republican budget passed by the House and Senate that seeks to cut Medicare by $430 billion and repeal specific provisions the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through reconciliation. Senate Republicans also demand greater oversight of federal Marketplace grants after reports show at least half of the state-based models continue to struggle with higher costs and lower enrollment than anticipated. A RAND Corporation...
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In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, a rare bipartisan compromise permanently repeals the flawed formula for Medicare physician payments, reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two years, and increases Medicare premiums on higher-income enrollees. Meanwhile, one federal appeals court rejects the effort by a Republican Senator to block members of Congress and staff from receiving subsidized coverage under the Affordable Care Act while another upholds an injuncti...
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