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In the Health Reform Update for this week, Republican
lawmakers debate whether to proceed slowly now that electoral sweeps have
provided a clear path to repealing the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republican governors in Medicaid expansion
states immediately push back against the prospects of repeal, while enrollment
in ACA Marketplaces surges in the days following the election.
now control an unprecedented number of state legislative seats. Democrats control only 13 state legislatures
and will be unable to block constitutional amendments from being ratified if
Republicans gain an additional legislature.
voters reject a ballot referendum that would have kept state health agencies from paying more for
prescription drugs than the lowest price paid to the federal Department of
Veteran Affairs. A ballot initiative to
create a single-payer health care system in Colorado fails to draw the support
of more than 20 percent of voters.
federal court dismisses the first of a dozen lawsuits brought by insurers
seeking to recover funds due under the ACA program that compensates them for
You can find the full
Health Reform Update here. If
you’re interested in Advocacy you can also join the PSI Patient Coalition here.