• The Senate may be holding a vote next week on the Graham-Cassidy reconciliation bill to repeal and replace the ACA; the deadline for using reconciliation is next Saturday.
• Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is joining Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to oppose the bill; if any other Republican senator defects the bill will not be able to pass.
• NAHU does not support the current bill as written, due to retaining the ACA’s taxes, inadequate guardrails for waivers, and the potential to lead to single-payer healthcare, among other concerns. We are advocating for changes to be made prior to any potential vote.
• The Senate called off its bipartisan health reform talks amid the Graham-Cassidy consideration; NAHU is advocating for a return to this process to provide immediate stability to the marketplaces.
• The Senate introduced a reauthorization of the CHIP program for another five years but it is unclear if this will pass before the current funding ends next Saturday.