3/7/17

Client Alert: Republicans Release Plan to Replace Affordable Care Act

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On March 6, 2017, House Republicans released their proposed legislation (the proposal) to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). If enacted as proposed, the bill would implement the following changes:

House Republicans have not yet released the official budget detailing the cost of the proposal and the estimate of how many people would gain or lose insurance should the proposal become law in its current form. The House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees will begin review of the proposal on March 8, 2017. Supporters of the proposal have expressed their hope that the committees will move quickly to approve the proposal, allowing for the full House to vote prior to a Congressional break scheduled to begin on April 7, 2017. The future of the proposal in the Senate is uncertain, as four Republican Senators from states that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA (Rob Portman, OH; Shelley Moore Capito, WV; Cory Gardner, CO; and Lisa Murkowski, AK) have already published a letter opposing the proposal, expressing, among other things, concern that it fails to adequately protect people in their states.

Vorys will provide a more complete analysis of the proposal, including a more detailed analysis of its various provisions, later this week.