US House Resolution 1628 - The American Health Care Act of 2017

The American Health Care Act of 2017 is designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

SUMMARY:

  • The American Health Care Act of 2017, or the AHCA, could allow insurers to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions
  • Would allow states to redefine "essential health benefits" removing the current essential health benefits defined under the Affordable Care Act
  • Would replace the current Medicaid system with per-capita caps and block grants for states
    • Per-capita caps and block grants limit the amount of funding given to states
    • This limited funding could lead to a reduction in home and community-based services

Disability Rights Ohio Advocacy:

  • Sent a letter to Governor Kasich on February 23, 2017.
  • Sent a letter to the Ohio Congressional Delegation on March 13, 2017.
  • Provided the Ohio Delegation with the following DRO publications:

PRIMARY SPONSORS:

Representative Diane Black

SECONDARY SPONSORS:

No Co-Sponsors

COMMITTEE:

The House Committee on the Budget

COMPANION BILL:

No Companion Bill

LINK TO BILL:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1628

LEGISLATION STATUS:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1628/actions

BILL STATUS:

House Action

Introduced in the House on March 20, 2017

Referred to the Committee on the Budget on March 20, 2017

Passed the House on May 4, 2017 by a vote of 217-213

Senate Action

Referred to Committee on July 25, 2017

Failed to Pass on July 28, 2017 by a vote of 48-52

 

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