In the Health Reform Update for this week, Senate Republicans vow to continue fighting to repeal key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) next year after their latest plan failed to pass before the 2017 budget reconciliation authority expired.
Bipartisan negotiations resume on a short-term Marketplace stabilization plan that would mitigate dramatic premium increases being caused in most states by “uncertainty” over whether the ACA’s cost-sharing reductions will be funded for the entire plan year. Marketplaces consumers in Florida, Georgia, and Washington will see unprecedented spikes of up to 57 percent on average, while those in Arizona and Minnesota will see only slight increases (or decreases).
The debate over ACA repeal causes Congress to miss the September 30th deadline to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and belated bills get bogged down over disagreements about how to offset costs.
Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) reintroduces bipartisan legislation strongly backed by PSI that would prevent Marketplace insurers from discriminating against those with costly illnesses by refusing to accept third-party premium and copayment assistance from charitable organizations.
A federal judge allows Maryland’s unprecedented law against prescription drug price gouging to go into effect despite a pending legal challenge from generic drug manufacturers.