The House is expected to vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican-proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The replacement plan would make steep cuts to Medicaid and leave an estimated 24 million more people uninsured, compared with current law under the ACA.
House leaders on Monday unveiled a “manager’s amendment,” which includes several changes to the bill, in the hope of winning votes from Republican holdouts. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not provided cost or coverage estimates based on the manager’s amendment and is unlikely to do so before the floor vote.
America’s Essential Hospitals has worked closely with congressional leaders as it advocates protections for vulnerable patients and essential hospitals. But the bill, even with recent changes, remains untenable for association members and their patients. The association is further alarmed that the House would move to a final vote on the bill without updated, accurate information on how the amended legislation would affect coverage and costs.
The association issued an Action Alert Tuesday asking all member hospitals to urge their congressional representatives to vote against the bill. The association also has issued additional updates, letters, and analyses related to the bill over the past several weeks.
In other news, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions will hold hearings Wednesday to examine Federal Drug Administration user fees agreements.