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Aenta's Health Reform Weekly (2/27): Funding Health Plan Co-ops, etc.

Mar 12, 2012

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This week's health care reform news:

Funding for Health Plan CO-OPs in Eight States Announced

Seven non-profit organizations in eight states will receive $639 million in federal loans to start up Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) to be offered as alternatives to private health insurance sold through health insurance exchanges starting in 2014.

Other highlights include:

  • Connecticut is again considering a rate review bill similar to one vetoed by the governor last year.
  • Illinois’ governor has presented a 2013 budget proposal calling for state agencies to reduce spending 9 percent and for a restructuring of the state’s Medicaid system.
  • The Maine legislature passed a supplemental budget with reductions to the MaineCare program, but without a proposed continuation of the Dirigo assessment at a higher level
  • Three chapter amendment bills have become law in New York without the governor’s signature – an oral chemotherapy mandate, a mail order pharmacy bill, and a specialty fertility mail order pharmacy bill.

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