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On the Hill: Senate Continues Work on ACA Repeal Bill

Congress returns this week from recess and the Senate remains focused on drafting legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

There have been varying reports about when the Senate will officially bring a health care bill to a floor vote. Senate Republican leaders recently indicated the possibility of a vote by the end of July, before the month-long August recess.

For now, Senate Republicans continue to meet in groups to consider how or whether to incorporate in their legislation provisions of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the House narrowly passed in early May.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) last week released its score of the most recent version of the AHCA, which indicates the bill would leave 23 million more people uninsured than under current law and cut more than $800 billion from Medicaid over 10 years.

Committee Business

Meanwhile, a June 7 House Committee on Ways and Means hearing will focus on Medicare Advantage and promoting integrated and coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries. A separate hearing on June 8 will focus on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fiscal year 2018 budget request.

A June 7 Senate Committee on Finance hearing will review Trump administration nominations, including Eric D. Hargan, as deputy secretary of HHS.

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Erin Delaney is the legislative affairs associate at America's Essential Hospitals.

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