Policy Update: Week of Dec. 5

In the Health Reform Update for this week, Congress overwhelmingly passes landmark legislation to expedite the approval of breakthrough drugs for rare disorders medical cures, in a rare show of bipartisan consensus. House Republicans set a January 3rd date to move...

Specialty Tier Update: Dec. 5

By Mark Hobraczk, JD, MPA STATES District of Columbia Committee approves legislation capping specialty tier drug cost-sharing The subcommittee on Consumer Affairs for the Committee of the Whole unanimously passed legislation last month that would limit copayment and...

Policy Update: Week of Nov. 14

In the Health Reform Update for this week, Republican lawmakers debate whether to proceed slowly now that electoral sweeps have provided a clear path to repealing the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Republican governors in Medicaid expansion states immediately push...

Policy Update: Week of Oct. 31

In the Health Reform Update for this week, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and CIGNA become the latest major insurers threatening to scale back their participation in Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces unless regulatory changes ensure more favorable risk pools.  The...

Policy Update: Week of Oct. 24

In the Health Reform Update for this week, federal data shows that lower Marketplace competition is causing premiums for benchmark coverage to increase by an average of 22 percent nationwide, though wide variations exist among states.  The rate spike is more than...
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