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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

ACA repeal plan leaks, but Trump may offer different version in speech to Congress

President Donald Trump is expected to lay out some details on his favored plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while parts of the House Republicans’ newest proposal leaked out, revealing it would eliminate subsidies for buying insurance and the expansion of Medicaid.

CMS issues extension to non-ACA compliant plans

New guidance on insurance standards were issued Feb. 23 by CMS that give another extension to health plans that are non-compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the fourth extension of its kind.

Is it a popularity contest? Support for ACA ticks upward

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remains at the center of political discussions about repeal and/or replace, the healthcare law continues to climb in popularity, according to recent polls.

CMS will allocate $100 million to train small practices

Last week, CMS awarded approximately $100 million to 11 organizations to provide training and education about the Quality Payment Program in practices of 15 or fewer clinicians, according to a statement from CMS.

Republicans policy brief offers few new details on ACA replacement

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised a new plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is coming after the Presidents Day recess in Congress, but there are still disagreements between House Republicans on several key points of their own legislation.

5 things to know from questioning of Trump’s CMS nominee

Seema Verma, MPH, President Donald Trump’s pick to run CMS, faced questions about mandatory payment models, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and providers’ ability to take on risk-based arrangements in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee.

First Trump-era CMS rule seeks to keep insurers on ACA exchanges

The administration of President Donald Trump has issued its first proposed rule regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance exchanges, offering what health policy experts call “insurer-friendly” changes to keep companies from raising premiums or exiting the marketplace.

Risk corridor ruling could lead to $2.8 billion payout for insurers

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Oregon health insurer Moda Health in its lawsuit against the federal government over unpaid risk corridor payments included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The decision could open the floodgates for new insurer lawsuits to recoup some of the billions of dollars owed under the program. 

CNN healthcare debate centers on ACA repeal vs. single-payer system

U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, put their widely different takes on healthcare on display in an Affordable Care Act (ACA)-focused debate on CNN.

An ACA appeal would be a serious threat to value-based care

The surprise of Donald Trump’s presidential victory was not lost on healthcare leaders, even during a busy RSNA 2016 in Chicago. 

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