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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.

13 Million Adults Could Be Eligible to Purchase Medicare Coverage Under Proposed Clinton Plan

A new Avalere analysis finds that nearly 13 million Americans age 50 or over who are currently uninsured or have individual coverage purchased through the private market-inside and outside the exchange- could be eligible to buy-in to the Medicare program under a plan proposed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

2016 Exchange Plans Improve Access to Medicines Used to Treat Complex Diseases

An analysis from Avalere shows that more health insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act exchanges are making some drugs used to treat complex diseases—such as HIV, cancer, and MS—more accessible to patients in 2016 than in the previous years. Specifically, plans were less likely to place all drugs in a class on the highest cost-sharing tier.

Right-to-Try Bills Grow in Popularity yet Success Is Unclear

Almost every state has introduced Right-to-Try bills to try to offer patients another avenue to access investigational drugs outside of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) expanded access program. However, it is unclear whether these laws will impact patient access given their questionable legal standing, reduced patient protections due to lack of FDA oversight, and the risks to manufacturers of providing products under Right-to-Try laws.

Webinar: Avalere and Inovalon Webinar: Understanding the CMS Advance Notice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will release the Advance Notice and Call Letter describing CMS' proposed 2017 payment policies for Medicare Advantage (MA) plan sponsors on February 19. Based on previously released information in the fall of 2015, CMS is likely to propose modifications to the risk adjustment model and the current MA Star Ratings methodology.

Veterans Administration and California Medicaid Drug Lists Cover Less than 60 Percent of Drugs Available to California Public Employees

The CalPERS Basic Plan Drug List, which is the formulary for all California public employees, includes 222 brand drugs and 287 generic drugs. In contrast, drug coverage in the Veterans Administration (VA) and Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program) is far more limited than the CalPERS drug list.

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