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Health Reform Update Summary - Week of March 10, 2014

MIDLOTHIAN, Va., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement written by Mark Hobraczk on behalf of PSI:

Patient Services, Inc. A non-profit 5-1(c)(3) premium and co-payment foundation.

In this week's Patient Services, Inc. (PSI) Health Reform Update, a bipartisan deal to permanently fix Medicare physician payments appears to have unraveled after House Republicans insist on paying for it with a five-year delay in the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS extends the temporary Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) created by the ACA for a third time, but insists it has no authority to delay the March 31st Marketplace deadline or individual mandate enforcement.  Marketplace enrollment continues to accelerate but is not likely to meet initial projections, even with an expected late surge of enrollees.  Bipartisan opposition to proposed Medicare Part D changes forces CMS to withdraw the most controversial parts of the rule. 

Three insurers in the Louisiana Marketplace also back-off plans to start rejecting premium assistance payments for HIV/AIDS patients.

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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