2014

Health Reform Update Summary - Week of January 13, 2014

By Mark Hobraczk

MIDLOTHIAN, Va., Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In this week's Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) Health Reform Update, the premium subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) survive a court challenge, but the law's preventive services fund takes another hit under the budget passed by Congress.  However, the budget does restore some HIV/AIDS funding lost to the sequester.

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The latest enrollment data for the ACA Marketplaces shows that despite dramatic gains, young adult sign-ups continue to lag overall (although some state totals vary widely).  Because of the flawed rollout of the Marketplaces, the Obama Administration has once again extended the federal high-risk pools created by the ACA—this time until March 31st.

As legislative sessions open for most states, those with Republican majorities are still struggling over whether to expand Medicaid.  However, several are pursuing increasingly more burdensome rules on Marketplace navigators, with Missouri lawmakers even seeking to suspend licenses of insurers that accept ACA subsidies.

You can find the full Health Reform Update here and visit us at patientservicesinc.org for more information about PSI! If you're interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.

SOURCE Patient Services, Inc.



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