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Trump Executive Order Expected to Expand Association Health Plans and Short-Term Coverage

by Baker Donelson on

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order in the coming days that would direct federal agencies to expand access to association health plans (AHPs), which would be exempt from the ACA's coverage requirements and...more

ACA Repeal: Deciphering The Path Ahead

The U.S. Senate’s efforts to craft a health care reform bill that would fulfill the promise of dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have been plagued by partisanship, secrecy, disagreement and...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017 #3

We head into the last week of July with the Findings of the Senate Parliamentarian in hand, who ruled late Friday that several provisions in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) released on June 26th would be subject to...more

Senate's Updated Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Changes Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate Republicans on July 13, 2017, released an updated discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we have outlined in a...more

What the Senate’s Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act Means for Employers

by K&L Gates LLP on

Senate Republicans released draft legislation to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The draft legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), maintains several key provisions...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

Senate Releases Repeal and Replace Legislation on ACA: The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After weeks of secrecy, the Senate has released a discussion draft of legislation that is the counterpart of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) previously passed by the House. The Senate legislation, entitled the Better Care...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: Assessing the Senate's AHCA Counterpart

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 22, the Senate unveiled its counterpart to the House of Representatives’ American Health Care Act (AHCA) — the Better Reconciliation Act (BCRA) — and Republican leaders have reportedly indicated a desire to vote on...more

Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers in Senate's Draft Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

U.S. Senate Republicans on June 22, 2017, released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), its bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The BCRA follows on the heels of the...more

Senate Republican Health Care Working Group Releases Health Care Reform Bill Text

by Baker Donelson on

On June 22, Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their companion bill to the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The legislation, which reforms the Affordable...more

The Better Care Reconciliation Act: Similarities to House Health Care Bill, Preserves Parts of ACA

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their much-anticipated version of the legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite rumors of a...more

Can Congress Get to “Yes” on Replacing the Affordable Care Act?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recently gave a candid assessment of the chances of getting an Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement bill through the Senate, saying “I don’t know how we get to 50 (votes) at the...more

The American Health Care Act Moves Forward: What Employers Need to Know About the House-Passed Bill

by Alston & Bird on

Stage two of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is now underway as focus shifts to the Senate, where significant changes are expected to be made to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as passed by the...more

Employee Benefits Developments - May 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of May, 2017. Three More Post-Tackett Retiree Healthcare Vesting Decisions - On April 20, 2017, the U.S....more

Issues for Employers as Health Care Legislation Moves to the Senate

by Jones Day on

ABSTRACT - Although the American Health Care Act, as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, mainly affects the individual and small group health insurance markets, it has implications for large employers. The repeal of...more

CBO Releases Updated Cost Estimate of American Health Care Act of 2017

On May 24, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (“CBO”) and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (“JCT”) released a cost estimate for H.R. 1628, known as the American Health Care Act of 2017 (the “AHCA”). The CBO and...more

GOP health proposals paint grim picture — unless you’re rich

President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress haven’t repealed the Affordable Care Act. Yet. Still, analyses show how, as one critic said, the GOP plans a big move of federal money from “health to wealth”—to take...more

Part II: Will the GOP’s AHCA Repeal and Replace the ACA?

We promised to keep you up to date on the GOP majority’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). After reaching agreement on several amendments to the original House bill (described in our previous...more

The American Health Care Act: What Has Changed and What Is Next

by Perkins Coie on

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a vote of 217 to 213 (with 20 Republicans voting against the bill), sending the AHCA to the Senate. As we have reported in...more

House Passage of American Health Care Act and Outlook for Senate Action and Discussion

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a vote of 217-213 on May 4, 2017, with all Democrats and 20 Republicans opposing the bill. The legislation traversed a...more

The American Health Care Act: Summary of House-Passed Bill to Repeal and Replace Portions of the Affordable Care Act and Next...

Last week, the House took the first step to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by passing a bill titled “The American Health Care Act” (AHCA). On May 4, 2017, after numerous fits and starts over the past...more

Passed House AHCA Bill Contains Numerous Provisions Affecting Employers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Holland & Knight originally issued this alert in March 2017 regarding the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as it stood on that date. This client alert provides an update on the AHCA as passed by the U.S. House of...more

Update #8: American Health Care Act Passed by House May Revive Annual and Lifetime Limits in Self-Insured Employer Plans

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On May 4, the House Republicans narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Except for effective dates, the provisions impacting employers were generally unchanged. One major change to the original bill is that...more

Will the GOP's AHCA Repeal and Replace the ACA?

We promised to keep you up to date on the GOP majority's promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). After reaching agreement on several amendments to the original House bill (described in our previous...more

ACA Repeal Effort Moves to Senate - Employers Should Continue Compliance for Now

by FordHarrison on

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that would effectively eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer mandate, open the door for simplified employer coverage reporting, provide greater...more

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