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Current state of health care reform and employer next steps

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.

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Better Care Reconciliation Act: What we know and what's next

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. 

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Moderate vs. conservative: What health care bill will come out on top?

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. 

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3 HR trends to watch at this year’s SHRM conference

In a few weeks, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will hold its annual conference right in our backyard—New Orleans. From June 18 to 21, human resources professionals, experts, and vendors will gather in the Big Easy to discuss the state of the industry, including its challenges, its progress, and its future. The conference covers every corner of HR, and we’re excited to attend and join in the conversation this year.

In preparation, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest trends we expect to see at SHRM 2017—which could help chart the path of HR going forward.

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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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