GOP Releases Legislation to Gut and Replace ACA

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House Republicans have filed legislation that would repeal most of the Affordable Care Act, including measures to eliminate the employer and individual mandates. But from the get-go the legislation – backed by the House leadership – was panned by the GOP’s conservative wing, which said it doesn’t go far enough to completely get rid of the ACA, casting doubt on the prospects of it getting passed. And Congressional Democrats immediately voiced their absolute opposition to the bill, vowing to vote ‘No’ on the legislation. While passage in the House would be a bit easier, the slim 51-49 vote edge that…
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Republicans Consider Fixing ACA, Not Repealing It

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The steamroller everyone expected from President Trump and the GOP-led Congress to flatten the Affordable Care Act has been put on idle and what was a promised quick outright repeal has morphed into a plan to “repair” the law. In particular, Republican lawmakers, huddling while trying to devise a repeal-and-replace plan, have instead found that it won’t be so easy, unless they want to cut off millions of people from the health insurance they have purchased on exchanges. They are most concerned with the political fallout should that happen, not to mention the fact that a repeal would also do…
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What Does President Trump’s Executive Order on ACA Mean?

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Donald Trump’s first act after assuming the presidency was to sign an executive order that authorizes federal agencies to scale back as many parts of the Affordable Care Act as possible within the confines of the law. The executive order does not abolish the landmark legislation, but sets the stage for agencies to act immediately on regulations that are deemed overly burdensome. The agencies, particularly the Department of Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will have wide latitude in making regulatory changes thanks to the broad scope of the order. But don’t expect immediate changes in…
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Be Prepared for Changing ACA Landscape

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With president-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, employers that have spent the last few years preparing for and complying with the law have a right to be concerned about what’s in store. While leaders in Congress have promised to swiftly put an end to the ACA, it’s not clear how fast it would happen, if at all, and what, if anything, would replace it. Blue Cross/Blue Shield recently issued an alert about what its policy team had learned and is anticipating.   Administration moves Blue Cross/Blue Shield noted that three executive actions could…
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