On March 6, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means and the Energy and Commerce Committees released their proposed bills for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The combined proposals are collectively referred to as the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and draw heavily on prior Republican repeal and replace proposals, including House Speaker Paul Ryan’s “A Better Way” and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s “Empowering Patients First Act.”
The majority of changes under the AHCA are directed at the individual insurance market and Medicaid but there are provisions that would affect employer-sponsored group health plans. We have issued a Briefing that outlines the key provisions impacting employer-sponsored plans and includes a side-by-side comparison chart of the ACA and AHCA. The Briefing is available here.