House Advances Health Care Reform; Big ‘I’ Outlines Key Points

Last week, Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Committee on Ways and Means, released two bills which together comprise the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—legislation that would begin the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Big “I” compiled a summary of the relevant major provisions of the legislation, as well as other information that’s important to independent agents and brokers. Members must log in to view the document.

The two pieces of legislation passed out of their respective committees of origin shortly after introduction with party line votes. This week, the bills are being considered in the House Budget Committee in order to be combined into one bill ahead of a potential vote by the full House. House Republican leadership is currently in the process of building consensus for the plan within the House GOP conference. If the legislation passes in the House, prospects remain uncertain in the U.S. Senate.

It is important to note that the AHCA is just the first step in the repeal and replace process. Additional actions, including executive actions and further legislative proposals, are expected. The Big “I” will continue to stay on the forefront of this critical issue and keep members up to date on relevant developments as the AHCA and other ACA repeal and replace efforts move forward.

Wyatt Stewart is Big “I” senior director of federal government affairs.