CBO releases score of Senate health bill; vote delayed

Posted on: 6/28/17


The Better Care Reconciliation Act would result in 22 million more people uninsured in 2026 and cut $772 billion in federal spending from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026, according to an analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office, the non-partisan federal agency that produces independent analyses of budgetary and economic issues to support the congressional budget process.

“This latest CBO estimate only reinforces our deep concerns about the importance of maintaining coverage for those vulnerable patients who need it,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. In addition, Senate leaders released a new discussion draft that made several technical amendments to the BCRA, and included a new provision that would require consumers whose coverage lapses for 63 days or more to wait six months before enrolling in new coverage. This provision is intended to encourage individuals to enroll in and maintain coverage in place of the individual mandate. (AHA News Now, June 26, 2017)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed a vote on the BCRA until after the July 4 recess, as several senators announced they would vote against a motion to begin debate. McConnell had hoped to bring the bill to the Senate floor for a vote this week.

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