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Senate Parliamentarian Rules Several BCRA Provisions Violate The Byrd Rule

The striking of the overruled provisions is going to make the Republican leadership’s job, which was already very difficult, that much harder.

CBO’s Estimates Of The Revised Senate Health Bill

The estimates of the June 26 and July 20 versions of the BCRA do not differ substantially from each other. However, Senate Republicans could spend as much as $300 billion more to create better opportunities for affordable coverage in the private market.

Orphan Diseases Or Population Health? Policy Choices Drive Venture Capital Investments

The surge in orphan drugs is a result of public policies that influence development costs and market exclusivity, which in turn influence the prices that can be charged. The policy decisions made yesterday influence investment decisions made today, and hence the direction of innovation tomorrow.

The Latest CBO Score Of The Better Care Reconciliation Act Leaves 22 Million Uninsured by 2026 (Update)

The latest version of the BCRA is basically identical to the July 13 version except that it drops the Cruz amendment and includes a couple of small changes in the Medicaid section.

CMS Releases FAQ On Its New Proxy Direct Enrollment Pathway

On July 18, CMS released at its website a series of frequently asked questions regarding the Third Party Operational Readiness Reviews for the Proxy Direct Enrollment Pathway.

July 20, 2017 | Following the ACA

Is Medicaid The New ‘Third Rail?’ History Suggests It Has Been For Some Time

The difficulties Republicans are encountering in reforming Medicaid are eerily similar to those faced by the nation’s 40th President. Instead of providing a roadmap to victory, the story of Reagan’s efforts is a cautionary tale.

Eliminating The Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage Than Congress Realizes

If Congress eventually revives its plan to phase out the Medicaid expansion, many marketplace enrollees with preexisting conditions will find their protections eroded and coverage rendered worthless.

The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act: What Repeal And Delay Would Mean For Coverage, Premiums, And The Budget

The main difference between the ORRA and the 2015 reconciliation bill is that the effective dates are two years later. The CBO estimates that the bill would increase the number of uninsured by 17 million by next year.

Health Affairs Web First: Healthy Lifestyle Prolongs Americans’ Life Expectancy

Effective policy interventions targeting health behaviors could help a larger fraction of the US population achieve the health benefits observed in this study.”

July 19, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs

From The Archives: Prices And Consumer Shopping

Higher deductibles and cost sharing are often touted as ways to help consumers be better shoppers. But what does the research say about the ability to truly shop for health care services? Here’s what we know based on research published in the pages of Health Affairs.

July 19, 2017 | Elsewhere@ Health Affairs