Tag Archives: AHCA

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

The New Line On The HHS Blog; Suit For Federal Money Owed CO-OP Dismissed

For the past nearly seven years, the HHS blog has regularly highlighted the achievements of the Affordable Care Act. With the change in administrations, the change in the HHS blog has been dramatic. Additionally, a judge dismissed a suit for federal money allegedly due an ACA CO-OP.

March 22, 2017

The House Manager’s Medicaid Amendments: The State Block Grant Option

Titled “Flexible Block Grant Option for States,” the amendment adds a coda of sorts to the bill’s new Medicaid per capita cap payment system. It would virtually eliminate any coverage obligations.

March 21, 2017

What’s In The Manager’s Amendment To AHCA?

On March 20, 2017, the Republican House leadership released a manager’s amendment to the American Health Care Act. This amendment is intended to respond to critics of the original AHCA from the right and middle. It is less clear that it responds to concerns raised by the CBO report on AHCA.

March 21, 2017