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May 24, 2017

House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted 216 to 211 to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  As you might suspect, the votes predominantly followed party affiliations.  The new American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill previously received the backing of the House Freedom Caucus on April 26th, which opposed the previous version of this bill.  Although the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not separately scored this version of the bill, it has stated that the bill would leave the same number of individuals without insurance as the original bill – 24 million individuals.

Some of the highlights of this bill include:

  1. Eliminate the individual mandate
  2. Medicaid expansion is rescinded and replaced with block grants
  3. The amount insurers may charge an individual based on their age for insurance has increased from 3:1 to 5:1
  4. Various taxes are eliminated including excise taxes, medical device taxes, etc.

The next step in the process is the U.S. Senate will consider the AHCA House bill.  At this point, several organizations oppose this bill and it is not expected to pass the Senate vote, but we will provide updates. Contact the Anders Health Care Group with questions on how the proposed bill could affect your organization.

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