The Washington Post (9/5, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee will hold the first of four hearings seeking to build agreement on strengthening the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces, in “the closest collaboration between Republicans and Democrats in years.”
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The White House reported over the weekend that Trump is currently deciding whether or not to eliminate ACA subsidies to insurance carriers, a key cost sharing component of the Affordable Care Act. Please see Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, The Hill, and Politico for more information.
Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Health Care Freedom Act, a bill which sought to repeal several requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the future of the ACA repeal effort is unclear at this time, pending further developments, all existing ACA requirements remain in effect, including penalties for noncompliance.
The second of three major proposals to amend the ACA failed today in a 45-55 vote. The last proposal, the “Skinny Repeal” will be voted on next. This proposal would remove key aspects of the ACA such as repealing the individual mandate.
After a narrow 51-50 vote on Tuesday afternoon, the Senate began debate on ACA Repeal Legislation. By Tuesday night the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) was voted down 43-57. Debate continues today. See New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today for more information.
The fate of the newly revised ACA Repeal Bill, released Thursday, hangs in the air as senators review the changes. One of the most notable revisions would allow carriers to offer policies that do no meet the “essential health benefits” currently required by ACA. The Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the revised bill will be released early next week, followed by debate, amendments, and a final vote. For more in-depth information, please see New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
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