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As the largest, single US healthcare payer, the government plays a dominant role in shaping the healthcare marketplace. Our experts track, interpret, and model federal policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.

COVID-19 Pandemic May Reduce MA Risk Scores and Payments

The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for all Americans, particularly for its most vulnerable populations, including the elderly and people with disabilities in Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently reported that 21% of fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare enrollees have stated they are forgoing non-COVID-19 related care due to the pandemic. Avalere conducted analyses to determine if a similar decrease in utilization is occurring in Medicare Advantage (MA) and assess the potential impact of deferred care on MA enrollees and plans.

Zachary Zalewski

SCOTUS Overturn of the ACA May Invalidate Biosimilar Pathway

The 351(k) biosimilars pathway was legally established under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Since the passage of the ACA, 28 biosimilars have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) along with the promulgation of policy that also applies to all biologics, including the creation of a suffix within the nonproprietary name of these products. Additionally, substantial case law has been made with respect to intellectual property pertaining to biologics. With the legality of the ACA currently under scrutiny, the future of BPCIA and biosimilars is uncertain.

Kelly Brantley

Charitable Assistance Covers a Small Share of Part D Non-LIS OOP Costs

As policymakers discuss ways to curb program expenditures and improve patient affordability in Medicare Part D, the role of charitable assistance in helping beneficiaries with out-of-pocket (OOP) costs has garnered interest. To understand the relationship between charitable assistance and various Part D metrics, Avalere examined Part D prescription drug claims for beneficiaries without the Low Income Subsidy (LIS) for 2014 and 2018.

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