UPDATE: Recent tweets in early April by President Trump made it clear he will have conversations with lawmakers who reach out with ideas for health care replacement ideas. Both parties have indicated they will continue to have discussions concerning the repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
On March 24, 2017, House Republican leadership pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from a scheduled vote just moments before it was set to begin. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the withdrawal means the GOP is "moving on" from the issue of healthcare reform to addressing tax policy. What this means for employers is that ACA remains the law of the land and covered employers need to continue to comply with all aspects. MRA will continually monitor, however this latest development signals that the ACA will stay as-is.
BACKGROUND: On March 6, 2017, House Republicans unveiled proposed legislation to replace the ACA. The American Health Care Act called for:
- freezing enrollment in the ACA's expanded Medicaid program on Jan. 1, 2020, and capping future Medicaid funding. Until the end of 2019, states would be able to sign individuals up for expanded Medicaid;
- replacing insurance subsidies with refundable tax credits to help people pay for health coverage;
- ending the penalty for failing to comply with the individual and employer mandates to buy insurance;
- preserving two popular ACA features:
• letting young adults stay on their parents' plans until age 26, and
• preventing insurers from dropping people with preexisting conditions.
Source: Michael Hyatt, HR Government Affairs Director, MRA – The Management Association