Following Congressional Republicans' March 6th release of the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the House Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Budget Committees went to work, passing their respective bills. The bill package could see consideration as early as the week of March 20th.
Meanwhile, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in conjunction with the Joint Committee on Taxation, released its much-anticipated cost estimate on March 13, unleashing a flurry of debate between Congressional Republicans and Democrats, as well as the White House. The CBO's report estimates the AHCA would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period, with the largest savings coming from reductions in outlays for Medicaid and from eliminating the ACA’s subsidies for non-group health insurance. According to the report, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the ACHA in 2018 than under current law; and, due to the subsequent changes to insurance subsidies and Medicaid, the increase in the number of uninsured Americans would raise to 21 million in 2020 and 24 million in 2026. READ MORE
AAFP Warns Congress About Flaws in Proposed ACA Replacement
On March 14, AAFP sent a "strongly-worded letter" to leaders of the House Budget Committee, outlining its criticisms of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) because of its potential "to bring major reductions in the number of individuals who have health coverage, increase premiums and interfere with the patient-physician relationship." READ MORE
For an AAFP summary of what would change under the AHCA, as it stands now, and what ACA provisions would stay in place, READ MORE.
Speak Out on AHCA: Tell Your Members of Congress to Protect Patients
The Academy is deeply concerned that the AHCA will result in millions of currently insured Americans losing their health insurance and access to care. CLICK HERE to send a message to your Members of Congress that you, a Family Physician and a constituent, demand legislation that focuses on addressing the real-life financial challenges people have with healthcare, as well as not rolling back insurance for millions.