ACA reform shifts toward bipartisan effort

CDA continues to monitor Congressional efforts in Washington D.C. to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act. After several failed attempts by the Senate in late July and early August to pass repeal/replacement proposals, both chambers of Congress are working toward finding a bipartisan solution to stabilize the individual health coverage market. The cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments President Donald Trump has threatened to end are a primary focus due to the potential of disabling state exchanges’ ability to sell health coverage.

The Senate health committee is expected to commence bipartisan hearings in early September to discuss stabilizing and strengthening the ACA’s individual insurance market and addressing the CSR payments. The focus on the individual market is the direct result of premium increases ranging from 20 to 40 percent in various regions around the country and limited health plan offerings for consumers. One proposal suggesting to end Medicaid expansion may be heard after the August Congressional recess.

CHIP reauthorization crucial for millions

Meanwhile, reauthorization of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Plan looms, and political fallout from the failed ACA repeal effort could complicate reauthorization of what has traditionally been a bipartisan issue for a program that covers millions of children. Failure to reauthorize CHIP before Sept. 30 could force millions of American children and their families to scramble for other health coverage options. California is one of several states that operates CHIP through its Medicaid program.

For more information regarding ACA reform efforts, please visit cda.org or contact CDA Public Affairs at 916.554.4984.

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CDA has assembled a group of volunteer dentists to monitor the impact of federal ACA reform efforts on behalf of CDA members. Since December 2016, this workgroup has been gathering information and meeting regularly with policymakers to assess the potential impact on California dentists of all federal proposals to repeal, amend or replace the ACA. In addition, a course offered at CDA Presents Anaheim will discuss the potential impact of the ACA reform on consumers and the dental profession.