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Congress Moves Resolution on ACA Repeal

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved a concurrent budget resolution that sets up a reconciliation bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  The resolution (S.Con.Res.3) was adopted by the Senate at approximately 1:00 AM on Thursday, January 12 by a vote of 51 to 48.  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only Republican to

Opioid Epidemic and the Repeal of ACA/Medicaid Block Grant

Evidence is all around that the country is facing another drug abuse crisis.  Not surprisingly that crisis is impacting the number of children entering foster care.  Child welfare will continue to be effected by increased drug epidemic and that could become even more significant if Congress repeals the ACA, block grants Medicaid and does not

Tell Us Your Story – Families USA

In an effort to collect stories on the impact of the ACA, Families USA is asking people to Tell Us Your Stories.  Families USA has been a leader on health care for more than two decades.  Currently they are working in a coalition to elevate people’s experiences in the media, with policymakers, and in our

Senate Jumps on ACA Repeal

By early afternoon of January 3, 2017 Senate Republican began the process of a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced a Senate Budget Resolution (S.Con.Res.3) and debate began with a clock of 50 hours of Senate debate.  The resolution will eventually provide a reconciliation process to fast track the repeal

More Doctors Weigh-in On Not Repealing ACA Without a Replacement

In a letter addressed to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WS), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other congressional leaders, medical groups representing approximately 400,000 doctors across the country warned against the repeal of the ACA.  The American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of

House Conservatives Offer Strategy for ACA Repeal  

A group of conservative House Republicans called the Republican Study Group (RSG) offered up the American Health Care Reform Act. The proposal includes tax credits and deductions that will allow people to buy their own health insurance and calls for turning Medicaid into a block grant.  The proposals closely mirror proposals RSC released in 2015. 

Study Calculates a Loss of 3 Million Jobs if ACA Repealed

The Commonwealth Fund has released a study that indicates that the repeal of the ACA without a replacement will result in a loss of 2.6 million jobs in 2019 and 2.9 million jobs by 2021. Besides the lost jobs, the study claims that states will experience a $2.6 trillion reduction in business output, states will

First HHS Secretary Hearing Scheduled  

A number of cabinet-designees will face committee hearings this week in a prelude to committee and Senate approvals baring any controversies.  Congressman Tom Price has been scheduled for a hearing before the HELP Committee on January 18 but his position requires hearings before both HELP and Finance Committees.  Only Finance votes to approve the HHS

Repeal Of ACA First Up, Medicaid Block Grant on List

The new 115th Congress officially starts on January 3.  Behind the scenes discussion have been on-going on using a 2017 budget resolution (left over from last year) to very quickly provide the first budget reconciliation. The process will start this week with the Senate expected to pass a budget resolution this week and the House

Congress and President-In-Waiting Big Changes on Horizon

The new 115th Congress will come together for the first time on January 3 and is expected to get to work on a 2017 budget resolution very quickly to provide the first budget reconciliation.  The new Congress will be working around the Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King holiday followed later that week by the