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June 22, 2017

Takeaways from Senate GOP’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act”

Senate Republicans released their health reform overhaul today after weeks of intrigue. The Council is extremely pleased to note that the legislation leaves the employer/employee “exclusion” from taxation on group health benefits untouched. Taxing employee premiums is a major threat during this process as Congress looks to increase revenue for the measure. We’re also gratified that the “Cadillac Tax” on high cost health plans would continue to be delayed until 2025.

The fight going forward is going to be over the reoriented subsidies and Medicaid. There is nothing explicit that allows states to waive out of anything new but the general waiver requirements process has been expanded.

Get the highlights.

See a comparison of the ACA, the AHCA and the Better Care Reconciliation Act.

Read a summary of the key provisions.

Insurer Filing Deadline

The insurer filing deadline to provide ACA marketplace coverage was yesterday. Click here to learn more.

Monday: The Council’s Healthcare PULSE Conference Call

Join us this coming Monday, June 26, for the first installation of The Council’s monthly Healthcare PULSE conference call. These calls are intended to help you stay updated on what we’re working on here in Washington and to inject collaboration and forward-thinking into the issues you care about most amidst U.S. healthcare reform.

Click here to register for the calls (Members Only).

Calls will be held on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Future Call Dates:

 July 24

 August 28

 September 25

The Council’s Policy Priorities

 Employer-Sponsored Insurance
The employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) market is the most effective system of delivering healthcare benefits in the United States. Therefore, lawmakers must preserve the tax treatment of employer-sponsored health insurance.

 Stabilize the Individual Market
An unhealthy individual market impacts the functioning and costs of the entire health eco system, including the highly functioning employer market. Download our one-pager on the individual market.

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