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Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #4

States react to the failure of the AHCA; the HHS Inspector General launches an investigation into the Trump Administration's suspension of Marketplace enrollment outreach efforts; and the Kansas Legislature sends a Medicaid...more

American Health Care Act Pulled From House Floor: No New Legislation to Repeal and Replace ACA

The much-anticipated vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on the “American Health Care Act,” also known as “AHCA” or the “Obamacare replacement bill,” was cancelled last week, leaving many to ask “what now?” As noted in...more

Affordable Care Act Survives Again; Repeal and Replace Bill Withdrawn

As has been widely reported, proponents of the American Health Care Act withdrew the bill from consideration before the full House of Representatives could vote on it last Friday. Early statements suggest there is no...more

Issue 107: House Pulls AHCA Minutes After Expected Vote - Future of Repeal Efforts Uncertain

This is the one hundred and seventh issue in our series of alerts for employers on selected topics on health care reform. This series of Health Care Reform Management Alerts is designed to provide an in-depth analysis of...more

Repeal Efforts Fail (for now): Can Obamacare Survive?

With the House GOP pulling the American Health Care Act (AHCA) due to lack of sufficient support even within its own party, Obamacare is not out of the woods. The ACA’s two pillars, the individual marketplaces and...more

Will the Trumpcare fiasco mean that health care is finally accepted as a right?

A GOP assault on American health care has been turned aside, for now. But major questions have been exposed that will need answering if we as a country are ever to come together over health care. Do we recognize that health...more

Something good for employers in the American Health Care Act

The Affordable Care Act’s current proposed replacement does not include an employer mandate and abolishing the employer mandate is a good thing proposed in the American Health Care Act and the Patient Freedom Act before it. ...more

Update #6: ACA Lives On – Employers Should Stay Their Course

Republicans have announced that their ACA replacement bill, known as the American Health Care Act, has been pulled from a vote, after determining they may not have enough votes to pass the bill. It is unclear whether or when...more

AHCA Pulled From the House Floor Minutes before an Expected Vote

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was pulled from consideration at the last minute after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly told President...more

Third-Party Payment of Premiums: Controversy and HHS Guidance

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the payment of healthcare premiums by third parties has been the subject of controversy. As Congress develops its plan to repeal and replace the ACA, it is uncertain how...more

Health Update - March 2017

The Future of Essential Health Benefits - Editor's Note: The Essential Health Benefits (EHB) rule may be among the many parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are on the chopping block as the Trump Administration and...more

House Preparing to Vote on Repeal and Replace of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Following the introduction of proposed legislation on March 6, 2017 to repeal and replace certain portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Manager’s Amendments on March 20, 2017, the House Rules...more

Manager Amendments to the American Health Care Act

On Monday March 20, 2017, technical and policy amendments to the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA) were introduced to address concerns by more conservative Republicans. The House is expected to vote on the AHCA as early...more

Side by Side Comparison – The Affordable Care Act and the American Health Care Act

The House plans to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) on Thursday. While this is only the beginning of the political and legislative process for the so-called Obamacare repeal bill, it’s important for health care...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #3

House Republicans append a Manager's Amendment to the AHCA; HHS tells states they will have increased flexibility on Medicaid; and Florida previews its 1115 waiver amendment requests....more

House GOP Moving Ahead on Controversial ACA Repeal & Replace Bill; First of Three Planned Phases of Health Reform

The House of Representatives is moving ahead on the Republican plan -– the American Health Care Act (AHCA) – that would repeal and replace major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On March 16, 2017, the House Budget...more

Healthcare Reform: Where is it Heading?

While there have been several reports about the prospects of the American Health Care Act (“AHCA,” “Trumpcare” or “Ryancare,” depending on who you ask), please be mindful that in 2009-10, many people thought the Affordable...more

The American Health Care Act – A Side-by-Side Comparison to Existing Law

As reported in our January 23, 2017 Clients & Friends Memorandum entitled “Status of the Affordable Care Act Repeal Efforts,” on January 12 and 13, 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress took the first step toward repealing...more

American Health Care Act in the U.S. House of Representatives

On January 13th, Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 3) which included reconciliation instructions for the House Committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means and the Senate Committees...more

Republican ACA Replacement Passes House Committees on Party Line Votes

On Thursday, March 9, after two overnight markups (one lasting 18 hours and one more than 27 hours), the House Ways and Means Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 23 to 16 and 32 to 23, respectively, to...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #2

CBO finds that the number of uninsured would nearly double under the American Health Care Act; CMS's new Administrator is confirmed; and New Mexico and Massachusetts move to protect reproductive healthcare under ACA repeal....more

Congressional Budget Office Releases Report on American Health Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as reported by the Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce. CBO estimates that AHCA would reduce federal...more

New Legislation Proposes to Repeal and Replace the ACA

The U. S. House of Representatives (the House) proposed two bills to “repeal and replace Obamacare” last week, and while many popular consumer protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) look to be...more

GOP Repeal and Replace Healthcare Bill Advances After Committee Votes

On March 8, 2017, the two House Committees responsible for healthcare policy related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) held marathon-like deliberations to mark-up their respective portions of the Republicansponsored health...more

Part V: A Brief Overview of the American Health Care Act

In Part IV of our blog series, Very Opaque to Slightly Transparent: Shedding Light on the Future of Healthcare, we discussed a few post-inauguration developments with respect to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In this Part V,...more

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