GOP Racing to Resuscitate ACA Repeal Bill, Approve Budget

GOP Racing to Resuscitate ACA Repeal Bill, Approve Budget
NYAPRS E-News April 20, 2017

NYAPRS Note: Politico and CNN report today Republicans are racing to put the finishing touches on legislation dismantling large parts of Obamacare in hopes of getting it to the House floor for a vote shortly after lawmakers return to Washington.

House and White House negotiations are focusing on three areas identified before the congressional recess: essential health benefits, community rating and guaranteed issue. According to CNN, “the work has centered on what the triggers would be for states to opt out of those regulations and how much money could be added to the bill to address concerns that the regulations would essentially undercut the existing ban on insurers discriminating on the basis of pre-existing conditions.”

Congress will have just four days after it returns to strike a deal to keep the government open. And April 29 marks President Donald Trump's 100th day in office — a milestone that risks passing without clear progress on repealing Obamacare.

According to Politico, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) has been working with GOP leaders and the White House to towards bridging the gap between the party's more moderate wing and its hardline conservatives.

The prospect of the government shutting down around the 100-day milestone is not lost on White House and congressional officials. Funding for most departments and agencies of the federal government runs out on April 28.


Next week’s NYAPRS Executive Seminar will take a deeper dive in some anticipated impacts of federal Medicaid and budget policy changes, including presentations by:

  1. Opening Remarks: Paul Francis, NYS Deputy Secretary for Health
  2. ACA Repeal & Replace: Medicaid on the Line: Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director, Families USA
  3. The Impacts of Federal Medicaid Policy Changes on New York’s Healthcare Landscape
    • Kate Breslin, President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy
    • Chuck Ingoglia, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
    • James Lytle, Partner, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLC
    • Jorge R. Petit, Regional Senior VP of the New York Region, Beacon Health Options
    • Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director, Families USA
    • Facilitator: Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant, Sachs Policy Group
  4. New York State Healthcare Forecast: Jason Helgerson, NYS Medicaid Director

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