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American Health Care Act Passes in the House

Bill faces uncertain future in the Senate

May 5, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed the House of Representatives today by a close vote of 217-213. The AHCA was introduced in March and after Republicans cancelled the first vote on the bill, many assumed it was dead. Republicans later added two amendments to the bill to garner additional support. The amendments were named after the sponsoring lawmakers. The MacArthur Amendment allows states to apply their own essential health benefit requirements (in lieu of those set by the ACA) and the Upton Amendment allocated $8 billion for high risk pools for individuals who do not meet the AHCA’s continuous coverage requirement. The Kaiser Family Foundation has compared the AHCA to the ACA in side-by-side fashion, making it easier to understand what the AHCA contains and how it differs from existing law.

Passing the House is only the first hurdle the AHCA must clear, however. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will be subject to debate and amendment. While its impossible to predict what changes will be made, it is a safe bet that the AHCA will not emerge from the Senate exactly as it was passed by the House. The Kaiser Family Foundation notes five provisions that could be revised in the Senate. The AHCA will need 51 votes to pass the Senate and Republicans have a 52 seat majority.

We will update the AHCA’s progress as it continues moving through Congress.


About The Author.
Marcus Wilbers is a Compliance Attorney with expertise in labor and employment law, including federal and state wage and hour laws, discrimination laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining J.W. Terrill, he worked as a litigator for a large St. Louis-based law firm defending clients from labor and employment, medical malpractice and commercial lawsuits. He obtained his law degree from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree from Westminster College.

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