New Congress begins, starts process to repeal and replace the ACA

Originally published in the January 4, 2017 issue of MGMA’s Washington Connection
Reprinted with permission from MGMA

Members of the 115th Session of Congress were sworn in on Tuesday and introduced a budget resolution that would begin the process to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The budget resolution, which does not have the force of law, instructs certain congressional committees to develop legislation to repeal parts of the ACA through an intricate budgetary process known as reconciliation. The goal is for both the Senate and House of Representatives to complete action on the budget resolution by Jan. 20 when President-elect Trump is inaugurated. Then, development of the repeal legislation would begin. Under consideration is a plan to defer implementation of the repeal bill to allow congressional leadership and the Trump Administration time to develop a replacement package. However, the outcome of the process and any practical implication for medical group practices will remain unclear until more specificity is brought to the timeline and content of the legislative package.

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