On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their much-anticipated version of the legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Despite rumors of a re-write of the American Health Care Act that passed in the House of Representatives by a narrow vote on May 4, the BCRA largely mirrors the structure and certain key measures of the House version (see our previous alert dated May 5, 2017). On the other hand, the BCRA has already been criticized by the more vocal opponents of the ACA in the Senate for not going far enough to eliminate measures established under the ACA. The Senate could vote on the BCRA as early as next week, but given the uncertainty surrounding its success, it is likely to undergo amendments prior to then. This alert provides an overview of key provisions of the BCRA and how, as drafted, it would affect aspects of the ACA.

Continue Reading The Better Care Reconciliation Act: Similarities to House Healthcare Bill, Preserves Parts of ACA

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that will repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the House with a final vote of 217 to 213. President Trump, the Trump Administration, and House Speaker Paul Ryan consider this a major win. However, the AHCA may face significant opposition in the Senate, so it is uncertain whether the AHCA in its current form will become law.

Continue Reading House Passes American Health Care Act

On March 6, 2017, Republicans in the House of Representatives unveiled two bills that aim to repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bills, collectively called the American Health Care Act, were introduced by the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce committees, and both committees have since passed the legislation.

The much-anticipated Republican ACA replacement would dismantle many of the healthcare reforms put in place over the past seven years, including the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion.

Continue Reading Key Provisions of the American Health Care Act

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Doug Dahl provided insight for an article in InsuranceNewsNet on the impact to employee benefits based on future regulatory shifts in a Trump administration, especially surrounding the Affordable Care Act, the final Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and the DOL overtime rule. “This expansionary trend for the DOL is likely to be significantly restricted under the Trump presidency, taking a back seat to agencies more aligned with Trump’s agenda,” Doug noted. “Trump’s presidency makes the viability of repealing or at least delaying these rules much more likely.”

The full article, “Regulation Reversal the Ultimate Trump Card?” was published by InsuranceNewsNet on January 19, 2017, and is available online.