Federal & State Policy
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 and state policies that affect insurance coverage, access, and consumer choice so you can see around the bend.
New analysis from Avalere finds that the 2018 exchange market will see silver premiums rise by an average of 34%. According to Avalere's analysis of filings from Healthcare.gov states, exchange premiums for the most popular type of exchange plan (silver) will be 34% higher, on average, compared to last year.
Avalere experts preview the 2018 ACA open enrollment season
New analysis from Avalere finds that the administration's decision last week to end federal funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments could lead to substantial losses for health plans-ranging from -$1.2M in North Dakota to -$200M in Florida through the end of 2017 (Figure 1).
Compared to beneficiaries with diabetes who are enrolled in other Medicare Advantage plans, enrollees in special needs plans experience better outcomes, after adjusting for demographic and clinical factors.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the annual Landscape Files containing data on plan participation, beneficiary premiums, and benefit designs for the 2018 Part D — Medicare's prescription drug benefit — and Medicare Advantage (MA) markets.
Avalere has updated its previous analysis to reflect the September 25 version of the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
New analysis from Avalere finds that the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to a substantial reduction in federal Medicaid funding to states of $713B through 2026 and more than $3.5T over a 20-year period if block grant funding is not reauthorized (Figure 1).
New analysis from Avalere finds that the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson (GCHJ) bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would lead to a reduction in federal funding to states by $215B through 2026 and more than $4T over a 20-year period (Table 1).
Market stabilization efforts could also lead to higher enrollment in exchanges.
Benefit designs do not vary widely based on insurer competition, except for deductibles that are lower in areas with three or more insurers.
The FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017 (FDARA), which was signed into law on August 18, 2017, calls on FDA to examine underlying barriers to access to investigational drugs.
Today, the Senate voted to pass H.R.2430, the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.
On July 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the base Part D premium will be $35 for 2018.
Affordable Care Act-compliant plan market would see 39% higher premiums, while non–ACA-compliant plans would have much lower premiums
Elizabeth Carpenter, Senior Vice President, will present on July 15 at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, RI, in a governors-only session entitled “The Future of Health Care.”
Today, the Medicare Trustees delivered to Congress their annual report on the financial operations and status of the program.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would cap Medicaid funding to states. In this analysis, Avalere worked with The SCAN Foundation to examine how BCRA Medicaid changes would impact dual-eligible beneficiaries. We compare these outcomes to the impact of the House-approved American Health Care Act.
New analysis from Avalere finds that states could see federal funding for their Medicaid programs decline by between 6% and 26% under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) by 2026.
The 21st Century Cures Act presents medical product manufacturers, patient groups, and advocacy organizations with a unique opportunity to plan for upcoming policy changes that are aimed at accelerating the pace of development and approval of new therapies.
More than 40% of counties could see only one exchange plan in 2018, with risk that some counties may have no commercial options.