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Affordable Care Act Survives Supreme Court Challenge

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act and in a broadly written opinion agreed with the Obama administration that government subsidies that make health insurance affordable for millions of Americans should be available to all who qualify. By a 6-3 vote, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. reaffirmed the foundation of President Obama’s landmark domestic achievement and seemed to take the starch out of legal efforts to undermine the basic structure of the law. Read more.

Five Ways to Help Manage Specialty Drug Spending

Prices are soaring for specialty drugs used to treat critical illnesses such as cancer, Hepatitis C and multiple sclerosis, as well as more common conditions like high cholesterol. Right now, employers are largely bearing the brunt of the cost, and health care experts and leading employer organizations like the Minnesota Health Action Group are looking for collaborative, sustainable, solutions to this challenging situation. Read more.

Three FAQs about IRS PPACA Reporting Requirements

The IRS has stepped in once again to clear up the confusion around another set of requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This time, the confusion involves PPACA reporting requirements set to kick in next year for applicable large employers, or ALEs. Read more.

Lifesavers, Budget Breakers: Tackling Prescription Drug Cost

A round table of pharmaceutical, medical, insurance and public health experts brainstormed ways to control drug costs for consumers and insurers. The panel recommended greater drug price transparency, weighing long-term savings against short-term costs, increasing competition through FDA approval reform, and moving toward a model of value-based purchasing. Read more.

Obama Administration Launches Campaign to Explain Health Care Benefits

The Obama administration has launched the “Healthy Self” campaign to better explain health care benefits to those newly insured, connect people to coverage, and encourage healthy lifestyles. The campaign seeks to focus on health literacy and preventive services for the newly insured, as well as those who have always had insurance, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said during an Enroll America sponsored conference in Washington. Read more.

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