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Health Reform Update Summary - Week of March 3, 2014

MIDLOTHIAN, Va., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement written by Mark Hobraczk on behalf of PSI:

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In this week's Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) Health Reform Update, the Obama Administration further delays key Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions. States can now extend ACA-deficient individual health plans until 2017 and the employee choice option under small business Marketplaces until 2016.

The Senate Finance Committee has upped the pressure on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not to finalize controversial Medicare Part D changes. CMS did finalize rules this week for the ACA's delayed Basic Health Plan option, though most states remain uninterested.

Conservatives in the Arkansas House formally renewed that state's private sector alternative to the ACA's Medicaid expansion, after holding out for concessions. New Hampshire Senate conservatives dropped their opposition this week to comparable alternative. For the second time, CMS rejected a partial expansion alternative sought by South Dakota.

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, [email protected]

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