AHCA Passes House
The House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) this week. The bill was introduced through a budget process known as reconciliation and focuses on giving states broad flexibility to design programs that they feel best serve their populations and increase access to preventative services.
The initial version of bill did not garner enough support to be put up for vote so a new amendment by Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Billy Long (R-MO) allowed the bill to gain enough support for a passing vote. The Upton-Long amendment supposed to mitigate potential premium spikes for people with preexisting conditions who live in states that don't require plans cover a minimum level of services, called essential health benefits.
The Society continues to join many physician and aging organizations including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Health Care Association, AARP, and others to voice concerns and opposition to the bill.
The bill is excepted to have a tougher time passing in the Senate however because of the budget reconciliation process under which it was introduced the Senate would only need 51 votes to pass it.
To read a summary of the bill click here.