Category: Federal


House Passes the American Health Care Act

Yesterday, House Republicans managed to pass the American Health Care Act with 217 ‘Yes’ votes and 213 ‘No’ votes and one member not present to vote. Events leading up to the House passage of the bill include: March 6 – House Republicans released the first iteration of the AHCA language; key provisions included: Medicaid Expansion….

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Vote Delayed to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

Despite pressure to vote on the recently amended American Health Care Act (ACHA) prior to the President’s 100th day in office, House Republican leadership has signaled that the vote would be delayed until next week. Recall, an overview of the MacArthur amendment was shared earlier; however, official language was introduced this week. The amendments allow…

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Potential ACA Repeal and Replace Efforts Surface Again

Recent reports suggest the Trump Administration is pressuring House Republicans to move swiftly to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the President’s 100th day in office (April 29). While rumors of potential deals have surfaced, it appears no vote has been scheduled. However, Congress will officially return to Capitol Hill next Tuesday, following a two-week…

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TFAH Releases Report on Public Health Funding, Declares Crisis

The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued a report entitled A Funding Crisis for Public Health and Safety this week which found that inflation-adjusted funding for disease prevention and health promotion programs has declined by approximately $580 million at the federal level and has remained flat in states since 2010. Notable findings of the report…

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Proposed Current Year PHEP Cuts

Recently, the Trump Administration released more detail on the proposed cuts offered in their recent Skinny Budget release. The above linked chart presents a variety of Federal Fiscal Year 2017 “reduction options.” Included in these recommendations, is a proposed current year cut to the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grants of $49 million (page 10)…

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House Republicans Pull American Health Care Act

This has been an action-packed week for the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was met with increased resistance. Several amendments were introduced to appease the concerns of the Freedom Caucus, that the AHCA does not do enough to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Congressional Budget Office released their updated budget score of…

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California Department of Health Care Services Preliminary Analysis of the AHCA

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), released a preliminary fiscal analysis of the Medicaid provisions included in the House Republican repeal and replacement bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). According to the department, the federal proposal would result in nearly $6 billion ($4.3 B GF) in costs to California in 2020, increasing…

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Price and Verma Letter to Governors

This week, Seema Verma was sworn into office as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Verma and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price cosigned a letter to state Governors intended to affirm their partnership in improving Medicaid and those served by the program. However, the letter perhaps signals key…

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House Republican ‘American Health Care Act’ Moves Ahead

Yesterday, the House Budget Committee advanced the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA), with a vote of 19 to 17, with Democrats and three Republicans voting ‘no’. The AHCA advanced despite the release of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score this past Monday, which estimates 14 million people would become uninsured in 2018, increasing…

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