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The majority of 2020 state legislative sessions are either approaching crossover deadlines or adjournment. In 2019 and 2020, at least 15 states (CT, DE, FL, HI, IN, LA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OR, VT, and WA) have enacted laws to create or study coverage protections against pre-existing condition exclusions or coverage of all essential health benefits (EHB) provided for in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
On March 2, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced that it will review an appeal of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in Texas v. Azar regarding the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) individual mandate and other provisions.
Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are using new flexibilities to provide additional supplemental benefits to beneficiaries with chronic illnesses.
Avalere analysis finds that average beneficiary out-of-pocket (OOP) spending for 3 commonly used insulin products remains similar throughout the year, ranging from $95 in December to $136 in June and July.
Avalere analysis finds differences in the demographics of patients with End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) compared to ESRD patients in Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicare
Avalere analysis finds that out-of-pocket (OOP) spending on prescription drugs for beneficiaries with multiple sclerosis (MS) could be as high as one third of their income.
Avalere analysis finds that many CA beneficiaries enrolled in D-SNP look-alike plans may not be able to a transition to a D-SNP.
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued its proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2021 plan year. The proposed rule would significantly expand commercial payer flexibility to not count manufacturer copay support toward deductibles or out-of-pocket (OOP) maximums.
Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWPs) have lower out-of-pocket (OOP) costs for multiple sclerosis (MS) drugs than beneficiaries enrolled in other types of Part D plans.
In the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) for the 2021 plan year, CMS questioned whether states were appropriately deciding if the state was required to defray the premium impacts of new benefit mandates added since 2011. CMS proposes requiring states to report on and justify defrayal decisions for all state benefit mandates.
According to a new analysis from Avalere, Medicare Part D beneficiaries who are taking mental health drugs and do not receive low-income cost-sharing support are responsible for a higher share of the cost of mental health drugs (46%) than for non-mental health drugs (23%).
This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) through the annual Advance Rate Notice and Proposed Rule. These proposals impact MA in many ways, including changes to quality bonus payments, network adequacy requirements, coverage of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), plans targeting dual eligibles, and supplemental benefit offerings. Stakeholders should examine each of these areas closely as they respond to CMS.
Implementation of a preferred specialty tier could have various impacts on Part D plans’ formulary and benefit designs and could affect manufacturer contracting strategies.
According to a new analysis from Avalere, Medicare Part D plans place generic prescription drugs on non-generic tiers 53% of the time in 2020.
CMS is set to release its annual proposed changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) this week. Some of the topics that may be addressed include End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), network adequacy requirements, payment to MA plans that offer the hospice benefit, and the MA quality bonus program.
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) efforts to modernize medical device oversight in the agency’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) have continued with the release of multiple draft and final guidances in 2019, as well as a plan for additional releases in 2020.
CMMI’s impact on Medicare spending has not reached earlier projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), demonstrating the difficulty in projecting savings from untested and future unknown alternative payment models
CMS is considering changes to its commercial market Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) program to improve the accuracy of risk adjustment transfers and to increase stability and predictability for issuers. This follows issuer experiences with the 2017 RADV process in which some issuers saw substantial, unforeseen changes to their risk adjustment transfers. These RADV changes have the potential to impact issuer participation and premiums in future years depending on the direction (positive or negative) and magnitude of those transfers.
The replacement to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, was originally proposed to increase biologics exclusivity in Mexico and Canada to 10 years. As part of the Administration’s compromise with the House of Representatives, these provisions have been removed from the amended version that was recently agreed to by the US, Mexico, and Canada. While exclusivity in the US remains unchanged at 12 years, that it is not increased for Canada and Mexico may impact market entry for biologics ex-US.