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Organizations representing hospitals and specialties reacted negatively to an estimate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement passed by House Republicans would result in 23 million fewer people having insurance by 2026.

The Congressional Budget Office has released its updated report on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), saying the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement passed by House Republicans would still erase the recent gains in insurance coverage and potentially price less healthy enrollees out of the individual market.

The full fiscal year 2018 budget proposal for HHS would include deep cuts to Medicaid, while making immediate cuts to National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and almost all HHS agencies. 

The proposed single-payer healthcare system being debated in California would come with a $400 billion annual price tag—more than double the state’s annual budget—according to a review released by the California Senate Appropriations Committee.

The Trump administration has asked for a 90-day delay on a ruling which could end Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies to insurers, pushing back a potentially market-destabilizing move but offering little assurance to actuaries working on 2018 rate requests for the ACA exchanges.

 

Recent Headlines

Durbin: No Senate Dems will vote for AHCA, but open to discussion on drug prices

It’s the job of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, as the Senate minority whip to know where every member of his caucus stands on major pieces of legislation. When it comes to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he said to HealthExec “no” Democrats in the chamber would support the bill as-is.

5 things to know on deregulation, Medicaid from HHS Secretary's CNN event

HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, weighed in on a number of healthcare issues during a March 15 CNN town hall-style event, focusing mainly on defending the Republican-sponsored replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

ACA exchange enrollment falls short of projections for 2017

Some 12.2 million people purchased health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in the last open enrollment period, half a million fewer than in the 2016 and well below the 13.8 million projected by HHS under the Obama administration.

‘Unacceptable’ coverage losses drive hospital, doctor opposition to ACA replacement bill

Hospital groups, the American Medical Association (AMA) and several other healthcare organizations said they can’t support the American Health Care Act (ACHA), the Republican-sponsored replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), after an estimate that 24 million more people would become uninsured by 2026 if the bill becomes law. 

CBO on ACA replacement: 24 million more uninsured, premiums lower by 2026

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates the gains in insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be wiped out if its Republican-sponsored replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), is enacted. 

HHS Secretary Price encourages states to use ACA waivers for reinsurance, high-risk pools

While supporting the current proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, encouraged states to submit more “innovation waivers” as allowed under the ACA to form their own reinsurance programs and fund pools to cover high-cost patients.

Anthem supports ACA replacement legislation

The second-largest health insurer in the U.S., Anthem, has come out in support of provisions in the Republican-sponsored replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), going against the opposition expressed by the American Medical Association (AMA) and concerns from its own industry group. 

‘Patients before politics': AMA launches site focused on ACA repeal debate

After coming out in opposition to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-sponsored plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Medical Association (AMA) is stepping up efforts to get physicians involved in the legislative conversation through a new website.

The potential impact of the Republican ACA replacement

Health policy analyses predict 15 million people could lose their health coverage and 30 million could be subject to surcharges on top of premiums if the Republican-sponsored American Health Care Act (AHCA) goes into effect.

‘Critically flawed’: Industry groups blast Republican ACA replacement

The initial reaction to the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) introduced by Republican leaders in Congress and supported by President Donald Trump, is negative across several major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association and the Federation of American Hospitals. 

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