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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 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. 

5 things hospitals, insurers should know about Republicans' ACA replacement

House Republicans have released the full text of the long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Titled the “American Health Care Act (AHCA),” the bill would eliminate the ACA’s mandate for individuals to buy insurance and roll back the expansion of Medicaid, while restoring disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments.

ACA replacement plan expected to be detailed this week

A legislative aide, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said there have been a series of phone calls finalizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement plan involving Speaker Paul Ryan, HHS Secretary Tom Price, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump’s domestic policy adviser Andrew Bremberg and others.

ACA’s future hot topic at HIMSS 2017—but HIMSS itself doesn’t take a stance

Many panels at HIMSS 2017 in Orlando included references to the ongoing policy debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how that’s affecting all corners of the industry. For HIMSS itself, however, it feels health IT is better off staying out of much of the discussion.

No more meaningful use? MedPAC floats idea in MACRA discussion

Physicians wouldn’t be measured on meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) in the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) under a proposal floated by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

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