Tag Archives: AHCA

Can States Survive The Per Capita Medicaid Caps In The AHCA?

From a state perspective, Medicaid is a very lean program, and the challenge of responding to the proposed reductions in the federal Medicaid funds may be daunting.

May 17, 2017

Medicaid: What Happens Now?

Medicaid reform demands a deliberative process, one that operates in regular order and carefully considers a wide range of options for controlling costs in the nation’s single largest source of health insurance.

May 17, 2017

House Passes AHCA: How It Happened, What It Would Do, And Its Uncertain Senate Future

On May 4, 2017 the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a near party-line vote of 217-213.

May 4, 2017

Correcting Misconceptions About Invisible Risk-Sharing

An amendment to the AHCA draws in part from a proposal to include an invisible high-risk pool. Based on an independent analysis, there are a few misconceptions that should be corrected and changes that could improve the invisible risk-sharing program.

April 25, 2017

Loathing And Loving As A Pathway To Meaningful Health Care Reform

Democrats and Republicans each need to decide what they want so much that they would be willing to accept something they really loathe in exchange in order to reach consensus on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

April 21, 2017

Looking Backward And Forward: Assessing The CBO/JCT Analysis Of The AHCA

As the administration and House Republicans mull ways to revive the AHCA, it is worthwhile to consider what the CBO report says about the bill, as well as what the reaction to the CBO’s AHCA estimates says about the way the agency’s role in congressional lawmaking has changed.

April 19, 2017

Making Sense Of ‘Invisible Risk Sharing’

Before Congress recessed last week, the House amended the pending American Health Care Act to include an “Invisible Risk-Sharing Program,” funded with $15 billion over nine years. What should we make of claims that this approach caused premiums to plummet in Maine and can make a big dent nationally?

April 12, 2017

House GOP Moves To Add ‘Invisible Risk Sharing Program’ To AHCA; Other ACA Developments

A federal “invisible risk sharing program” within AHCA’s Patient and State Stability Fund, included in a new amendment submitted to the House Rules Committee, could help to high-cost individuals. However, the program’s benefits could be undermined by inadequate funding and other AHCA provisions.

April 6, 2017

ACA Round-Up: Negotiations To Revive AHCA, Alexander-Corker Bill, and Risk Adjustment

This post discusses efforts to tweak AHCA to get 216 votes in the House; the potential effect of legislation to allow premium tax credits for off-exchange plans, both overall and in the home state of its sponsors; and an interim ACA risk adjustment report.

April 4, 2017

CBO Provides A Roadmap For Improving AHCA

CBO is basically correct that AHCA would trigger a short-run rise in premiums and both short- and longer-term increases in the number of uninsured people. Instead of trying to discredit these findings, AHCA’s authors would be better off using CBO’s estimate as a guide for fixing the bill.

April 4, 2017