This Week – March 18, 2017
This Week in Washington, D.C.
- ACG Members Join Patient Advocates on Capitol Hill
- ACA Repeal Watch: House Moving Closer to Repeal and Replace
This week, ACG members Jordan Karlitz, MD, FACG and March Seabrook, MD, FACG joined Fight Colorectal Cancer, a patient advocacy organization, to raise awareness for colorectal cancer screening and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Thank you Drs. Karlitz and Seabrook for coming to DC! Thank you Fight Colorectal Cancer for organizing this incredibly successful event!
From ACG National Affairs Committee Chair, Whitfield L. Knapple, MD, FACG
ACA Repeal Watch: CBO Releases Projections on the American Health Care Act
On Monday, March 13, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its “score” or cost and other projections for the recently released American Health Care Act (AHCA). This is the bill that the House Republicans released last week to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). On March 16, 2017, the House Budget Committee combined the two House Republican drafts that came out of the House Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means Committees last week. The Budget Committee voted 19-17 to approve the AHCA without amendment. All Democrats and three Republicans – Reps. Mark Sanford (R-SC), Dave Brat (R-VA), and Gary Palmer (R-AL) – voted against advancing the bill. The AHCA will now head to the House Rules Committee, which will prepare the legislation for a floor vote.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Friday, March 17th that the U.S. House will vote on the bill next Thursday, March 23rd. While it is unlikely that Speaker Ryan would put the bill up for a vote without first knowing it would pass, ACG continues to monitor this delicate process in finalizing a bill that is palatable to House Republicans, but will also pass the U.S. Senate.
ACG also continues to work with Congress on ensuring the bill has protections for those with pre-existing conditions as well as incentives for preventive services.
What did the CBO say? What is ACG monitoring? Read the full post here.