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And . . . the . . . CBO . . . Scooooores!

Here are the highlights we took (quickly) from yesterday afternoon’s Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate for the American Health Care Act. The AHCA “would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026...more

Direct Primary Care: Getting Calls from Patients While Avoiding Calls from Law Enforcement

For providers interested in simplifying the provider-patient relationship, one option is direct primary care. Ironically, though, simplification can be complicated, particularly when the government is involved. One of the...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

Reversing Robin Hood, Trumpcare would take from the poor, give to the rich

The president and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill already have rammed through two U.S. House committees a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But to paraphrase a best-seller’s title, those who...more

MA Voices Hardly Heard as GOP Focuses on 'Freeing' Us from ACA 'Pain'

The state’s largest union held an event this past Thursday at Boston’s Old South Church to call attention to the “the damage the Republican Affordable Care Act replacement bill will inflict in Massachusetts.” The...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

The Love/Hate Relationship with the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a “Obamacare”)

Apparently rhetoric matters. Although the former President eventually embraced the term himself, “Obamacare” was originally a derogatory term used for health care reform by Obama’s opponents in Congress. Anecdotal evidence...more

What is the American Health Care Act?

Late in the evening on March 6, 2017, the House Republican leadership introduced a budget reconciliation bill that both repeals certain parts of the Affordable Care Act and offers new provisions that significantly change the...more

AHCA: The Republican House Leadership Proposal to Change the ACA

Late Monday afternoon, House Republican leaders released a two-bill legislative package to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Collectively called the “American Health Care Act” or “AHCA,” the two bills...more

House Committees Reveal Draft of Bill to Modify and Repeal Portions of the Affordable Care Act

On Monday, two House committees with oversight over health care and taxation, Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, released draft reconciliation bills designed to repeal and alter significant portions of the Patient...more

Draft GOP Affordable Care Act (ACA) Repeal and Replacement Leaked

On Friday, February 24, 2017, Politico released details of a leaked draft House GOP “repeal and replace” bill (Draft) aimed at dismantling key provisions of the ACA, including Medicaid expansion, the individual mandate,...more

Republicans Release Much Anticipated ACA "Repeal and Replace" Bill, But Will it Fly Under the Byrd Rule?

On March 6, 2017, House Republicans in the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill that would repeal and replace key portions of the...more

Republican Healthcare Bill Would Leave BPCIA Untouched

In public debates over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, biosimilars are rarely, if ever, mentioned. But the U.S. biosimilar statute, the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA), was in...more

House ACA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

The House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Energy and Commerce Committee released proposed legislation on March 6, 2017, to partially repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was signed into...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Spotlight on Health Care and Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

On February 28, 2017, President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining a broad vision of his agenda. The Trump administration is widely expected to chart a dramatically different course on...more

House Committees Unveil Affordable Care Act Repeal/Replace Bill

Congressional Republican leaders have indicated that they will approach the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act in three steps: 1) repeal and replace through the so-called "budget reconciliation" process; 2)...more

Repealing the Medicaid Expansion: Implications for Montana

Congress is currently debating whether and how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This report provides an analysis of the potential impact to the State of Montana of a possible repeal of one portion of the...more

GOP Healthcare Reform Proposal: Significant Changes for Employers: McGuireWoods Healthcare Reform Guide: Installment No. 58

This is the 58th in a series of WorkCite articles concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its companion statute, the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (referred to collectively as the...more

House Republican Health Care Bill: Good News for Health Insurance Executives

An Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision that is often-overlooked by the media, but has impacted the ability of insurers and their non-insurance related entities, in their role as employers, to take tax deductions for certain...more

House Judiciary Committee Advances Medical Liability, Insurance Antitrust Reform Bills

The House Judiciary Committee has approved HR 1215, the “Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017.” The bill includes a variety of medical liability reforms, including a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, limits on contingency...more

House Bill to Repeal and Replace Certain Aspects of the Affordable Care Act

On March 6th, House Republicans introduced a bill called the American Health Care Act to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the revenue and tax provisions of...more

What a Difference an “H” Makes

Late on Monday, House Republicans revealed, in two parts (here and here, with summaries here and here) the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) that is designed to meet the Republicans’ promise to “repeal and replace” the ACA....more

Is Obamacare About to Get Trumped? - House Republicans Propose to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Earlier this week, on March 6, 2017, House Republicans released their proposals to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." The proposals would remove the...more

Update #5: It’s Here! House Republicans Propose ACA Replacement – Key Provisions for Employers

The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees have issued draft legislation, the American Health Care Act, to begin the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Both Committees will hold...more

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