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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released reports on two Republican proposals regarding the Affordable Care Act: One which would repeal much of the law while delaying some of those effects for two years and another which replaces it with the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

Enrollment in the individual market would increase while premiums would decrease under Sen. Ted Cruz’s, R-Texas, controversial “Consumer Freedom” amendment, according to an HHS analysis obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Senate Republicans' latest Affordable Care Act replacement plan was introduced on July 13. Four days later, it was declared dead, as four Republican senators had publicly announced they wouldn’t support even holding a vote on the legislation.

Whenever Republicans in the House or Senate have released a new version of an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan in 2017, healthcare industry reaction has been almost uniformly negative. The same can largely be said for the newest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), with the notable exception of the American Medical Association (AMA) when it comes to two provisions. 

Senate Republicans have released a new version of their Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan, adding new funding for stabilizing the individual market and keeping more of the ACA’s taxes, while also including a controversial proposal to allow insurance plans which don’t comply with ACA regulations on benefits and community rating.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

5 changes made in revised ACA replacement plan

Ahead of a planned March 23 vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Republican leaders released a new version of the replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with several big changes aimed at bolstering support for the legislation within their own party.

MGMA to CMS: Where are the MIPS eligibility notifications?

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has asked newly confirmed CMS Administrator Seema Verma to quickly release overdue eligibility information for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of two new payment tracks implemented as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). 

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. 

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