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Senate Confirms Trump Pick to Head Medicare and Medicaid

March 14, 2017

President Donald Trump's pick to run Medicare and Medicaid won confirmation Monday from a divided Senate as lawmakers braced for another epic battle over the government's role in health care and society's responsibility toward the vulnerable. Read More

A Closer Look: House GOP Bills On Stop-Loss Coverage, Wellness Programs, And Association Health Plans

March 14, 2017

As reported earlier here, the House Education and Workforce Committee advanced three health care bills on March 8, 2017. These bills are not part of the American Health Care Act, which is moving through the House of Representatives under budget reconciliation procedures. They are therefore very unlikely to be enacted into law because they cannot be passed by the Senate without the support of at least 60 senators. There are intimations, however, that the bills may be passed by the House in conjunction with the AHCA, and thus they are worthy of a closer look. Read More

House Republicans Release Long-Awaited Plan to Replace Obamacare

March 7, 2017

House Republicans on Monday released long-anticipated legislation to supplant the Affordable Care Act with a more conservative vision for the nation’s health-care system, replacing federal insurance subsidies with a new form of individual tax credits and grants to help states shape their own policies. Read More

Examining The House Republican ACA Repeal And Replace Legislation

March 7, 2017

On March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement budget reconciliation bills in the Ways and Means (W&M) (summary) and Energy and Commerce (E&C) (summary) committees. The bills, collectively titled the American Health Care Act, are the committees’ responses to the instructions they received in the Budget Resolution passed by both houses of Congress in mid-January to prepare budget reconciliation legislation to repeal the ACA. Read More