House Republicans Announce Updates to American Health Care Act
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:12 AM
This week the House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After working on policies to further improve AHCA, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Oregon) and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced technical and policy amendments to the legislation:
- Allow states to opt out of the per capita Medicaid allotment baseline and instead receive federal funds through a block grant. The grant would only apply to traditional adult and children Medicaid populations.
- Allow states the flexibility to implement reasonable work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. Modeled after work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program with funding for elderly and disabled populations calculated through a per capita allotment.
- Freeze and unwind the ACA's Medicaid expansion.
- Help low- and middle-income individuals and families who do not receive health insurance through work or a government program access insurance by providing an advanceable, refundable tax credit.
- Eliminate the individual and employer mandate penalties and delivers nearly $900 billion in tax relief and more changes.
KHA is continuing the monitor the changes and status of the proposed legislation, and will keep members apprised of all legislative activity in Washington and Frankfort.