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American Health Care Act Passes The House of Representatives

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), their proposed replacement for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The AHCA passed narrowly by a vote of 217-213. South Carolina Representatives Sanford, Wilson, Duncan, Gowdy, and Rice voted in favor of the proposal; Representative Clyburn voted against it.

The current form of the AHCA:

  • Removes the employer & individual mandate (fee)
  • Phases-out Medicaid expansion & immediately closes the door for additional states to expand
  • Changes financial help basis from income to age – which increases out-of-pockets for most Americans
  • Increases the age-rating ratio to 5:1
  • Increases cost for consumers with preexisting conditions
  • Changes Medicaid funding to per-capita allocation (SC Medicaid spending is 2x the 3.7% estimate)
  • What’s Next?

    The AHCA is on its way to the Senate, where it will receive significant changes for policy and political reasons. Stay tuned for updates.

    Questions? Contact Sharita Moultrie, Community Health Specialist, 803-231-6330 or smoultrie@richalndlibrary.com

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