Wednesday, March 29, 2017

American Health Care Act Withdrawn

Drew Thies

On Friday, the House of Representatives withdrew the "American Health Care Act," the bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). House Leadership announced that the bill would be withdrawn moments before a scheduled vote on the bill late Friday afternoon.

President Trump indicated last week that he will move on to other issues - such as tax reform - if this bill (H.R. 1628) did not pass the House. News reports this week indicate there is still talk among GOP leaders to continue efforts to repeal the ACA in the future. We will continue to encourage Congress to protect Medicaid access for seniors and people with disabilities in any future Obamacare repeal and replace efforts.

The legislation included a provision that would cut more than $800 billion from the Medicaid program. Over the past several weeks, tens of thousands of AHCA/NCAL members have contacted Members of Congress, urging them to protect funding for the neediest and frailest citizens of our country. Hundreds of members traveled to D.C. last week to help share the message in person on the importance of protecting funding for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

 AHCA/NCAL continues to work closely with Congress and the Administration and will share important updates.

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