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Largest Montana Health Insurer Raises ACA Premiums by 55 Percent

Michael McGrady, Insurance premiums for Obamacare plans in Montana in 2017 are increasing above and beyond the national average.  The three companies offering individual health insurance plans on Montana’s Obamacare exchange are charging between 31 percent and 55 percent more, on average, for individual insurance plans in 2017 than they did in 2016. For individual

Wisconsin Could Pass Right-to-Try Law as National Bill Falters

Jordan Finney, The federal bill would protect state laws expanding treatment options for terminally ill patients. Bipartisan legislation recognizing terminally ill patients’ right to try experimental drugs could pass the Wisconsin State Legislature in 2017, after a national right-to-try (RTT) bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) was blocked in the U.S. Senate. State Rep.

Nevada Supreme Court Rules ESAs Constitutional, Orders Funding Change

Teresa Mull, The Nevada Supreme Court declared the state’s education savings accounts (ESA) program constitutional while ruling the legislature must find a different way to fund it. Nevada launched its ESA program in January 2016, granting parents access to a portion or all of the money allocated for their child’s public school education to spend

West Virginia Governor Moo-ves on Lawmaker’s Raw Milk Bill

Dustin Siggins,  West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signed a bill legalizing the consumption of raw milk, opening up a way for consumers to avoid the state’s economic restrictions on sales between farmers and foodies. Lawmakers passed Senate Bill 387 in February, and Tomblin signed it into law in March. State agriculture laws still

Tennessee Lawmakers Offer Direct Primary Care as Alternative to Medicaid Expansion

Dustin Siggins,  A year after rejecting Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Tennessee lawmakers are adopting free-market reforms to increase patient access to affordable health care, lower costs, and improve quality. The Health Care Empowerment Act would protect the rights of patients and physicians to enter into

Colorado Single-Payer Health Care Amendment Goes to Ballot

In November, Colorado voters will decide by ballot initiative whether to amend the state’s constitution to mandate the creation of a universal, statewide, single-payer health care system. Initiative 20, also known as Amendment 69 and ColoradoCare, would take advantage of a waiver provision in the Affordable Care Act for states that increase health care access