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Chronic Disease Day 2020: COVID-19 and the Chronic Disease Experience

A (VIRTUAL) DAY OF RECOGNITION FOR THE CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASE COMMUNITY Countless events have been canceled over the past few months due...
Health Reform Update- Week of January 8, 2018

Health Reform Update- Week of January 8, 2018

Congress appears poised to pass another temporary spending bill next week in order to avoid a government shutdown when the current resolution expires on January 19th. Stopgap spending bill likely to include funding for CHIP but not market stabilization.

Policy Update: Week of May 16

In the Health Reform Update for the past week, a lower federal court says the Obama Administration lacks Congressional authority to fund the cost-sharing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but allows the subsidies to continue until an appeal is heard.  Two...

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Policy Update: Week of April 18

In the Health Reform Update for the past week, one of the nation’s largest health insurers will withdraw next year from at least 22 of the 34 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces in which it is participating for 2016, including Florida and Texas.  The Kaiser Family...

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Specialty Tier Update: Week of March 21

By Mark Hobraczk, JD, MPA STATES Washington House and Senate bills would limit prescription drug cost-sharing House and Senate measures that would limit consumer cost-sharing for prescription drugs have been reintroduced in the special legislative session that started...

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Policy Update: Weeks of March 7-25

In the Health Reform Update for the past three weeks, a Senate report concludes that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ignored consultant warnings that most of the non-profit insurance cooperatives created with Affordable Care Act (ACA) loans would...

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Policy Update: Weeks of Feb. 8 and 15

In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, Congress pre-emptively rejects the President’s proposed budget plan that includes provisions to cut Medicare spending and prices for prescription drugs. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announces that...

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Specialty Tier Update: Week of Jan. 18

By Mark Hobraczk, JD, MPA STATES Virginia Democratic lawmakers introduce scaled-down bills to limit discriminatory cost-sharing Senator Rosalyn Dance (D) and Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D) introduced legislation at the start of the legislative session last week that...

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Policy Update: Weeks of Jan. 11 and 18

In the Health Reform Update for the past two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear the latest procedural challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while President Obama prepares to sweeten the pot for the 19 states that are still refusing to participate in...

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Policy Update: Week of Jan. 4

In the Health Reform Update for this week, President Obama vetoes a bill that would repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but signs an omnibus spending package that allows two ACA taxes to be delayed for two years. Sign-ups for federally-facilitated...

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