As of press time, the fate of the US House GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) that seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still uncertain. Early in the week, GOP leadership made changes in the original bill to appeal to the more conservative wing of his party. Changes included providing more generous tax credits for older Americans, adding a work requirement for the Medicaid beneficiaries and federal block grants to states for Medicaid.
President Trump also sought to win over conservative Republicans to vote in favor of the bill. Without these votes, the bill may not pass the House. The House is expected to vote on Thursday.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the General Assembly Fiscal Research Division analyzed the GOP’s bill to try to determine its impact on the state. Review the analyses.
The AMA has come out in opposition to the AHCA and today sent this letter to Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
The AHCA wasn’t the only health care bill under consideration. Here is a list of other health care bills filed last week in Congress.
The North Carolina Medical Society is in close contact with the key players on Capitol Hill monitoring the various proposals and their impact here in North Carolina. Watch the NCMS legislative blog for updates.