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Health Reform Update Summary - Week of February 17, 2014

MIDLOTHIAN, Va., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement written by Mark Hobraczk on behalf of PSI:

In this week's Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) Health Reform Update, conservative groups lose their second court battle seeking to block Affordable Care Act premium subsidies for consumers in federally-facilitated Marketplaces while several Republican lawmakers seek probes into how three state-based Marketplaces continue to have little or no online enrollment capability.        

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may have to scale back controversial new limits on Medicare Part D drug plans after both Republicans and Democrats fret over having to explain them to constituents during an election year.

An Avalere Health study confirms that despite new out-of-pocket limits under the ACA, specialty tier coinsurance remains a barrier to access for Marketplace consumers relying on high-cost prescription drugs.  Several state lawmakers propose even lower drug cost-sharing limits.

The novel Medicaid expansion alternative in Arkansas barely survives a repeal effort, while Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Virginia struggle to find consensus on any expansion alternative.

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.

Contact: Mandy Herbert, 804-521-7916

SOURCE Patient Services, Inc.

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