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The next event in the All-Member National MCH Policy Call Series will take place on Sept. 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET.
Bipartisan ACA Proposals Begin to Emerge
Since the Senate’s failure on July 28 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, several bipartisan ACA reform efforts have emerged in both the House and Senate. In the House, the new Problem Solvers Caucus released a plan for five proposals that combine Democratic and Republican priorities. The Senate HELP Committee plans to hold bipartisan hearings in September on how to stabilize and strengthen the individual market. The panel will hear from insurance commissioners, insurance companies, governors, healthcare and health policy experts, and consumers. It hopes to craft a bipartisan, short-term proposal by mid-September.
The Trump administration has considerable administrative power over the Affordable Care Act, namely through cost-sharing reductions. One camp insists that the administration keep reimbursing insurers in order to keep the ACA marketplaces from collapsing, while another camp wants to withhold payments as a way of pressuring lawmakers to accept some level of ACA repeal. AMCHP is closely monitoring this issue and will alert you when updates become available. For more analysis on this topic, make sure to listen to the recording of our August policy call.