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AHCA passes the House: Republicans take the first step in ACA repeal and replace

Today, House Republicans took the first significant step toward repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by narrowly passing the American Health Care Act (AHCA) with a 217 to 213 vote. The road to the bill’s passing was not an easy one. The party stood divided for months over key issues such as Medicaid funding, ACA mandates, and pre-existing conditions, which prevented them from making any real progress. And these differing views resulted in the original replacement plan failing to reach a vote at the end of March.

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The ACA took 9 months to pass—how long will it take to reform?

“One step forward, two steps back” seems to be the current state of health care reform. While the American Health Care Act (AHCA) had its merits, the bill didn’t even make it to a vote—setting back Republican goals for the time being. Now, the White House is indicating it may push another bill to Congress in a matter of days, even though little has been resolved between the moderate and conservative members of the Republican Party.

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BenefitsPRO Broker Expo 2017: The industry isn’t changing, and that’s a big deal

Earlier this month, SyncStream attended the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo, where benefits professionals discussed the state of the industry, the confusion surrounding health care, and the future of benefits technology. We didn’t hear about or see a lot of changes, but that’s actually a surprise in itself, considering the continuing push for health care reform. 

The lack of change was actually a good indicator that benefits providers should expect certain trends to continue, from opinions on health care compliance to the value of technology. Here’s what we took away from the BenefitsPRO Broker Expo.

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Breaking down the new CBO score of the AHCA

Yesterday the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its score of the latest version of the H.R. 1628, American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017. Not surprisingly, the analysis revealed that, compared to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions more Americans will be without insurance, plans will cover less, and rates could increase drastically for those with pre-existing conditions.

Here are the highlights of the new CBO score, as well as a comparison to the CBO scores of previous versions of the bill.  

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Health care vs. health care coverage: The difference matters

You’ve likely heard a lot about health care recently—reforming it, repealing it, and replacing it. But what is perhaps most confusing is how everyone from lawmakers to the media is talking about the subject. Often they use the term “health care” (preventative medicine, emergency room visits, and prescription drugs) interchangeably with “health care coverage,” an entirely different animal, and a pathway to health care itself.

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