WASHINGTON, DC – The ill effects of Obamacare have left state marketplaces in disarray. While work continues to repeal the so-called ‘Affordable Care Act,’ House Republicans have been working to deliver reforms that will rebuild our health care system.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is the first step in that effort. But make no mistake, it’s just the beginning. In addition to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient-focused reforms, there are a number of actions the administration can – and has – taken to stabilize the market, and Congress can pass meaningful legislation.
Just this week, the House passed three bills that are a win for patients and our health care reform efforts. Here’s a look at these important bills, including two others that passed the House earlier this year.
- H.R. 2579, the Broader Options for Americans Act (BOAA), authored by Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), will ensure that patients who recently lost their job have access to health care plans under the AHCA and its monthly tax credits. H.R. 2579 passed the House on June 15, 2017, by a vote of 267-144.
- H.R. 2372, the VETERAN Act, authored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), will codify a regulation to better ensure America’s veterans have access to health care plans, and receiving the subsidies and tax credits they need. H.R. 2372 passed the House on June 15, 2017, by unanimously by voice vote.
- H.R. 2581, the Verify First Act, authored by Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), will require a person’s eligibility for a tax credit be determined in advance of purchasing a health care plan. This serves as an important check to ensure tax credits are available to those who need them. H.R. 2581 passed the House on June 13, 2017, by a vote of 238-184.
- H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, authored by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), will allow small businesses to come together, across state lines and negotiate a group health plan with insurance providers. H.R. 1101 passed the House on March 22, 2017, by a vote of 236-175.
- H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act, authored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), will reform the McCarran-Ferguson Act to protect consumers from consolidation, which has increased under Obamacare, in the health care marketplace. This reform will boost competition in the marketplace. H.R. 372 passed the House on March 22, 2017, by a vote of 416-7.