In the Health Reform Update for this week, the Trump Administration finalizes its expansion of short-term health plans that do not need to comply with Affordable Care Act (ACA) consumer protections despite warnings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) actuary that it will spike premiums for ACA-compliant coverage by siphoning away healthier and lower-cost consumers.

Three more states (Maine, New Jersey, and Wisconsin) receive federal approval to mitigate premium spikes with reinsurance payments that compensate insurers for exceptional claims.  Two more state-based Marketplaces in Colorado and Minnesota announce that they will extend their 2019 open enrollment deadlines beyond the December 15th deadline set for federally-facilitated Marketplaces.

Consumer advocates file a federal lawsuit to block new federally-approved work requirements for Arkansas Medicaid enrollees, following their successful challenge to Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky.

The California legislature appears on the verge of passing legislation that would limit third-party premium assistance from charitable non-profit foundations.

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