ACA Replacement and Repeal Efforts Remain Alive
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday indicated he will bring to the Senate floor early next week a Motion to Proceed to a vote on legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It remains unclear if he will bring up a revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) or the most recent legislation that repeals parts of ACA without replacement, the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA).
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that ORRA, an updated version of the 2015 repeal bill that passed the Congress but was vetoed by President Obama, would result in 32 million more people uninsured in 2026 and $842 billion in reduced federal spending on Medicaid from 2017-2026.
In addition, CBO said the revised draft of BCRA would still result in 22 million individuals losing insurance coverage over 10 years and $756 billion in federal funding being cut from the Medicaid program.
The economic vitality of hospitals, your communities and the people you serve are all at stake and both of our Senators need to understand the implications on a vote of this magnitude.
IHA's message remains simple and direct: "Hospitals cannot sustain the Medicaid cuts included in these bills and the Iowans our hospitals serve are at risk without coverage." Contact your Senators immediately and urge them to vote "no" on the Motion to Proceed on both bills. A vote could come as early as Monday or Tuesday.
Maintain coverage for all individuals currently receiving benefits.
Health Insurance Coverage
Health Insurance Marketplace
Medicaid Expansion and Medicaid Restructuring Proposals
Regulatory Relief for Hospitals
Prevent Additional Cuts