Capsules: PhRMA: High Cost-Sharing Could Harm Patient Drug Access; Report: Federal Exchange A Comparative Bargain; Arizona Offers ‘Sneak Peak’ At Costs Of Shifting Kids Off CHIP

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Mary Agnes Carey writes about the drug industry’s concerns about the health law’s cost-sharing requirements: “Enrollees in some of the health law’s most popular plans will face high cost-sharing requirements that the pharmaceutical industry says could keep patients from getting the drugs they need” (Carey, 5/7). 

Julie Rovner writes about a new report on the federal exchange: “As rocky as its rollout was, it cost the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, an average of $647 of federal tax dollars to sign up each enrollee, according to a new report. It cost an average of $1,503 – well over twice as much – to sign up each person in the 15 exchanges run by individual states and Washington, D.C. The report, released Wednesday, was compiled using data from federal enrollment figures and federal exchange funding for both the federal and state exchanges” (Rovner, 5/8).

Also on the blog, Phil Galewitz takes a look at CHIP and Arizona: “Families of Arizona children who were forced to switch from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to private plans sold in the federal marketplace are likely paying more and getting fewer benefits, according to a study by Georgetown University researchers released Thursday. Millions of families who are ineligible for Medicaid could soon face the same choice if Congress chooses not to extend funding for the state-federal CHIP program when it expires in October 2015. Arizona was the first and only state to end its children’s insurance program — because its state legislature acted before the 2010 Affordable Care Act banned states from reducing children’s health coverage” (Galewitz, 5/7). Check out what else is on the blog.

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