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The Senate will not vote on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the July 4 recess. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, informed his Republican colleagues at a June 27 lunch, according to multiple news outlets.

Some 22 million more people would be uninsured by 2026, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs would sharply rise while premiums would be lower and certain markets could be unstable if the Senate’s version of an Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace plan becomes law, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Reaction to the Senate’s version of an Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace plan, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) ranged from strong opposition from physician and hospital groups to outrage from Democrats, while one insurance organization saw some positives in the legislation.

Groups representing physicians, hospitals, internists and health IT were quick to praise the proposed rule for the second year of the new payment tracks under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The American Medical Group Association, however, has a decidedly different take.

The legislation takes many provisions from the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) under a new name: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

 

Recent Headlines

Hospitals’ policy priorities beyond ACA repeal

While the debate over repealing, replacing or repairing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is dominating discussion of healthcare policy in Washington these days, the American Hospital Association (AHA) has several other items on its advocacy agenda for 2017. 

Poll: Trump should ‘do what he can’ to make ACA work

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found the majority of Americans—including a slim majority of Republicans—feel that after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the administration of President Donald Trump should do what it can to make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) work.

ACA subsidies could go to off-exchange insurers under Republican legislation

If a county finds itself with no participating insurers in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in 2018, customers would be allowed to use federal subsidies on insurance outside that marketplace under a bill introduced by Tennessee’s two Republican Senators. 

AHA: Next healthcare bill may be attached to CHIP renewal in October

Debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) often revolves around three Rs: repeal, replace and repair. American Hospital Association (AHA) President and CEO Rick Pollack thinks after the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), two more can be added: Republican and revolt.

Healthcare industry welcomes decision to yank ACA replacement bill

Groups representing physicians, family medicine and hospitals were pleased to see the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), tabled before a scheduled House vote on March 24—even though it left plenty of uncertainty for insurance markets.

ACA replacement bill pulled before House vote

In a victory for the major medical organizations opposed to it, a scheduled vote in the House on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was called off as Republican leaders failed to convince enough of their own members to support the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

CBO: ACA replacement changes save less money, don’t improve coverage

An updated assessment on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said amendments to the Republican-sponsored Affordable Care Act replacement plan wouldn’t improve its losses in insurance coverage and would decrease the amount of savings to the federal budget. 

House vote on ACA replacement postponed

House Republican leaders have chosen to call off a planned vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as last-minute revisions and negotiations failed to guarantee enough support to pass the bill.

Possible repeal of required health benefits draws ire of public hospitals, ER docs

In last-minute negotiations on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), eliminating the 10 “essential health benefits” requirements put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was floated as an option to win over conservative lawmakers, a development which was quickly opposed by groups representing public hospitals and emergency physicians.

Major players remain opposed to ACA replacement ahead of House vote

The American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) have all come out against passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is scheduled for a vote before the full House of Representatives on March 23.

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