US House of Representatives Passes the American Health Care Act
Earlier today the US House of Representatives approved the American Healthcare Act (AHCA) following the addition of several last minute amendments. The bill passed by a vote of 217 to 213 due to the support from enough members of the Republican House Freedom Caucus and the House Tuesday Group.
The amendments added include:
- The Upton Amendment which would target $8 billion from 2018-2023 to help subsidize the insurance costs of individuals with pre-existing conditions.
- The McSally Amendment, which would eliminate the exemption from Congressional members and their staffs from provisions within the AHCA.
- The MacArthur Amendment which aims to meet demands made by House conservatives. The amendment allows states to waive essential health benefits and to make it possible for insurers to provide less expensive health plans.
The bill will now be reviewed and voted on in the Senate, leaving it open for additional amendments. CHAP will continue to monitor this story and provide updates as they are made available.