New Tool Compares ACA Repeal/Replace Proposals

Written by benefitexpress | July 14, 2017

By now, you've heard of the major ACA repeal proposals: the House's American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Industry news sites have covered the struggle to pass repeal measures. The House passed the AHCA on May 4th, but the bill is unlikely to pass in the Senate. The Senate still lacks the votes to pass their own version, the BCRA, and revised the bill yesterday.

Between amendments and back-up proposals, it's easy to lose track of how the plans actually stack up. For example, the BCRA suggests modifying ACA credits beginning in 2020, whereas the AHCA would make changes to the ACA tax credits as soon as next year. The plans also have very different approaches to private market rules.

The Kaiser Family Foundation today released a tool that makes side-by-side comparisons of the proposals simpler. Along the three prevailing plans (the ACA, AHCA, and BCRA), the tool also compares previous proposals, like the ones we compared earlier this year. As this legislation continues to evolve, we're likely to see ideas pulled from these prior proposals to create a bill that's able to pass Congress as a whole.

Source: Larry Grudzien, ERISA Attorney

Topics: Affordable Care Act