Since President Trump took office just under two years ago, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been the center of debate and more often, confusion. Though the proposed repeals and modifications to the American healthcare system have died down in recent months, health care is still a hot-button issue in this year’s midterm elections.
In July, Republicans made dramatic efforts to pass Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation. Middle of the night theatrics played out a failed vote as Senator John McCain (AZ) cast the deciding “no” vote. For all intents and purposes, it appeared that Republicans were moving on from health care reform and looking towards immigration or tax reform. However, this September, Republicans decided to make one last-ditch effort to surge for repeal and replace.
The Senate released an amended version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) today with few significant changes to the original version, which was unveiled several weeks ago.
The House’s health care bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), took some major steps forward over the past several weeks. It passed the House, after the addition of two crucial amendments—the MacArthur Amendment, which allows states to opt out of essential health benefits and community ratings, and the Upton Amendment, which allocates an extra $8 billion to high risk pools—and is now under review in the Senate. The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) recent score of the AHCA was similar to scores of previous iterations of the bill: premiums would rise, the uninsured population would increase, and the deficit would decrease.
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.
Today, President Trump signed an executive order intended to loosen regulations currently enforced under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The order specifically directs the Treasury and the Department of Labor to:
- Expand rules for association health plans, allowing more employers to ban together and purchase healthcare plans, including plans across state lines;
- Loosen regulations on and make available short-term limited duration insurance that’s not subject to the essential health benefits mandates of the ACA; and
- Create rules that allow employees to use Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) funds to pay for healthcare premiums
This week brought a bevy of updates to the Republican Party’s health care reform battle, culminating Monday night in the possible death of the Better Care Reconciliation Act/American Health Care Act and Republicans’ hopes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. However, tonight the bill might be saved in an emergency Republican meeting. Not unexpectedly, this dizzying cascade of continued changes has left employers wondering what to do now.
After many weeks of secrecy that drew contempt from Democrats and Republicans alike, Senate Republicans have finally revealed their draft of a health care reform bill. Called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, the bill retains much of the original American Health Care Act (AHCA), but shifts some provisions toward the moderate end of the spectrum.
It’s no secret that health care reform has hit some bumps in the road to becoming reality. It seems to be in start-and-stop mode, jumping forward a few feet before it pauses, reverses, and then slowly inches forward again.
On May 4, Republicans gained enough support to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the House by a 217 to 213 vote. While this lays out a solid footprint for what’s to come, there’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding health care reform.