This week, Congress remains focused on legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as Washington reacts to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finding that the legislation would increase the number of uninsured by 24 million.
In the House, the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means concluded lengthy markups of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican bill to repeal the ACA and impose per-capita caps on federal Medicaid funding. The Energy and Commerce markup lasted a record-breaking 27 continuous hours, recessing only for votes on the House floor. America’s Essential Hospitals was the only trade association present for the entire 27 hours of the Energy and Commerce markup. The association issued updates, a statement, letters, and a section-by-section overview of the legislation.
The bill moves next to the House Committee on the Budget, which is scheduled to mark up the legislation Thursday.
Late Monday afternoon, the CBO released an official score of the legislation, estimating that 24 million more people would be uninsured under the proposed plan than under current law by 2026. Of those, 14 million would lose Medicaid coverage. In total, the bill would cut federal Medicaid spending by $880 billion over 10 years.
Overall, the CBO estimated, 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026, which is more than the number of uninsured individuals before passage of the ACA — the law the AHCA seeks to replace. America’s Essential Hospitals issued a statement on the CBO score.
In other committee business, Ways and Means will hold a hearing Wednesday to consider reauthorization of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program.