Federal Issues Alert: Health Care

Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill Released

On March 6, the House of Representatives introduced the American Health Care Act (AHCA). This legislation would repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This legislation would cut funding to state Medicaid programs, allow premiums to greatly increase for the elderly, and would free employers from having any obligation to provide health insurance. A full summary can be read here.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee began meeting on March 8 to consider this legislation. It is expected that a final vote will be taken by the House during the week of March 20.

CSEA has significant concerns with this legislation. Most pressing is the loss of Medicaid funding, which will cost New York State $2.4 billion annually starting in 2020. These cuts will affect all CSEA members, regardless of if they work in the healthcare field. Over the coming weeks CSEA will be lobbying members of Congress to protect this vital funding and to ensure that millions of Americans do not lose their health care coverage.