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Aetna's Health Reform Weekly (5/29): CA Rate Review Qualifies for November Ballot

May 30, 2012

We want you to have access to the latest health care reform news from Washington, D.C., and states across the country. This weekly e-mail links you to updates on health reform legislation that could significantly impact you.

This week's health care reform news:

Senate Passes Prescription Drug User-Fee Bill

The Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation reauthorizing the prescription drug and medical device user-fee programs and creating new user-fee programs for bio-similar biological products and generic drugs.

Other highlights include:

  • Proponents of new health insurance rate review regulations in California have gathered 800,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
  • The Kansas governor has signed into law a package of tax cuts expected to mean deep cuts in state spending.
  • Federal authorities have clarified that New Mexico will use a medical loss ratio of 80 percent for small groups under federal health care reform – an online reporting form displayed an incorrect number.
  • Oklahoma’s legislature adjourned after failing to pass income tax cuts and an oral chemotherapy coverage mandate.

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