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Thursday, 09 March 2017

House Ways & Means Republicans passed the American Health Care Act in the early hours of Thursday after a marathon 18-hour partisan markup where Democrats pulled out all stops as they tried to derail the bill, including offering amendments to delay the markup, require Congressional Budget Office scores to be made public a week before a vote on the bill, allow individuals to opt out of the bill and keep the ACA and repeal the Cadillac tax. None of the amendments passed; Republicans voted to table them after they were ruled out of scope.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

The conservative Republican Study Committee is urging Energy & Commerce Republicans to vote in favor of amendments that would freeze enrollment in Medicaid expansion at the enhanced federal medical percentage at the end of 2017 and to implement work requirements for childless adults.

Thursday, 09 March 2017

Republicans and Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee argued through the night about the GOP's “American Health Care Act” and started the Medicaid debate in the early hours of the morning as Democrats filed 53 amendments.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Members of two House Republican factions say they can’t support GOP leadership’s newly unveiled American Health Care Act unless further changes are made to the Medicaid expansion provisions.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

The Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate penalty has received much ire from conservatives, but House Republicans are proposing a similar alternative -- to increase the monthly premium rate by 30 percent for up to a year for individuals who do not maintain continuous coverage for at least 63 days -- that is receiving negative feedback from organizations that represent young adults.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

AHIP President and CEO Marilyn Tavenner said Wednesday that while insurers see some positives in the GOP health care bill, they worry the tax credits aren't large enough to help the most vulnerable.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Doctors and hospitals oppose House Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act because of concerns the plan would cause millions of people to lose health coverage.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

Beneficiary advocates are increasingly worried that Medicare reform is back on the GOP's agenda, though a recent statement by House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) indicated lawmakers have enough on their hands and big Medicare reforms would have to wait.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday (March 8) criticized the accuracy of Congressional Budget Office scores a day after Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) said he heard Republicans might subvert the CBO to deflect criticism of what is widely expected to be an unflattering estimate of the GOP's Obamacare-repeal bill's cost.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

The restructuring of Medicaid into per-capita caps and the phase-down of Medicaid expansion will put state finances and Medicaid beneficiaries at risk, stakeholders and governors said Tuesday (March 7) as House GOP leadership tried to shore up caucus support for the first phase of their Affordable Care Act replacement.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

States would be required to determine Medicaid eligibility every six months starting Oct. 1 under a section in the House Energy & Commerce's piece of the GOP's ACA repeal and replacement bill, a move health care experts say would be burdensome for states and managed care plans and would accelerate churning out of Medicaid.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

GOP sources tell Inside Health Policy the prevailing wisdom that insurance market reforms could not pass through reconciliation due to the Byrd Rule is incorrect since the Senate parliamentarian allowed insurance provisions to be included in the budget bill used by Democrats to pass the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

House Republican leaders and the Trump administration said Tuesday (March 7) they plan to pass medical malpractice and drug price legislation in the third stage of the three-phase scheme to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Wednesday, 08 March 2017

The Joint Committee on Taxation on Tuesday (March 7) estimated that repealing and delaying a variety of taxes through the GOP's health care overhaul would cost about $575 billion through 2026, a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analysis notes while adding that the number grows when the cost of the proposed expansion of health savings accounts is factored in.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

House Republicans’ Obamacare-replacement bill does not make it easier for states to obtain and renew waivers of Medicaid rules, and the bill actually includes a financing restriction that makes it more difficult for states to use waivers to invest in programs that change how care is delivered, according to hospital lobbyists.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Vice President Mike Pence said the American Health Care Act will be the vehicle Republicans use to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but some senators expressed concern about the bill and said the House package needs to be tweaked.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

After President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday (March 7) that he is working with the drug industry on a system to promote competition and bring down drug prices, a White House spokesperson declined to provide specifics and reiterated the president is committed to making drugs more affordable and cutting regulations on drug companies.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

After President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday (March 7) that he is working with the drug industry on a system to promote competition and bring down drug prices, a White House spokesperson declined to provide specifics and reiterated the president is committed to making drugs more affordable and cutting regulations on drug companies.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

President Donald Trump on Tuesday (March 7) announced his support of the House GOP’s ACA replacement package, one day before House committees were set to mark up the reconciliation bill and as conservative Republicans came out in opposition to what they consider “Obamacare lite.”

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

House Ways & Means Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) says the Congressional Budget Office has yet to score the GOP's ACA replacement bill because of difficulties in calculating the implications of returning health care oversight to the states.

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