NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

CBO estimate released for American Health Care Act

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Joint Commission on Taxation (JCT) released a score of the American Health Care Act, outlining the impacts on the budget and the number of uninsured Americans. The bill would reduce federal deficits by $337 billion over the 2017-2026 period from reductions in Medicaid and the changes to the ACA subsidies which is offset by a number of tax cuts including hospital Insurance payroll tax rate for high-income taxpayers and annual fees imposed on health...

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Update on the American Health Care Act

The House Ways and Means Committee completed their protracted markup of the tax provisions of the American Health Care Act around 4:30 a.m. passing the bill out of committee along party lines. Having already debated the bill and a string of over 100 Democratic amendments for over 24 hours, the marathon session continues in the Energy and Commerce Committee. After both committees complete their markup the bill is expected to move next week to the House Budget Committee before making it to the...

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House unveils plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

The Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees released the American Health Care Act, legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both Committees have scheduled a markup of their legislation tomorrow morning. The bill was released without a Congressional Budget Office score.

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