House Republicans Pass Amended AHCA …but, what does that mean?

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On May 4, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the AHCA, after it had been amended several times.

So, what changes? Short answer: Nothing, yet!

The AHCA will now move on to be considered by the Senate; the AHCA must be passed by the Senate and signed by President Trump. Until then, ACA will remain intact.

It’s also important to note that the AHCA is budget reconciliation legislation, so it cannot fully repeal the ACA. Instead, it is limited to addressing ACA provisions that directly relate to budgetary issues—specifically, federal spending and taxation. A full repeal of the ACA must be introduced as a separate bill.

 

For a complete overview of this legislation and what it means to you, contact your GKG representative.