ACHP Media Monitoring Report: March 7, 2017

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ACHP Member Highlight:  Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson discussed technology and the health care industry in The Wall Street Journal.

GOP introduces legislation to replace ACA
Republican leaders in the House have introduced legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The legislation includes: replacing subsidies with refundable tax credits based partially on age; replacing the individual mandate with provisions allowing insurers to establish continuous coverage requirements; and a shift to a per capita funding system for Medicaid after 2020. The law retains two popular ACA provisions note Amy Goldstein, Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Small of The Washington Post. Insurers cannot deny coverage to individuals with pre-existing conditions, and young adults may stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26.

Hours before the bill was released, four GOP senators released an open letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) asserting previous House drafts were unacceptable due to Medicaid rollbacks similar to those proposed in the legislation. Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Lisa Murkowsky (R-AK) come from states that chose to expand Medicaid. Republicans maintain a narrow majority in the Senate, writes Jennifer Haberkorn of Politico.

Companies aim to cut health care spending
The Health Transformation Alliance, a nonprofit group comprised of nearly 40 companies, has announced a blueprint to lower health care costs. The plan includes purchasing prescription drugs through CVS Health Corp. and UnitedHealth Group Inc. as well as creating doctor networks. The members are collectively using their influence to win cheaper prices than the companies could on their own. Joseph Walker at The Wall Street Journal has the story (subscriber’s content).

Voters favor fix, not repeal, of ACA
Almost 70 percent of voters prefer a fix to the ACA instead of repeal and replacement, finds a poll from Hart Research Associates. According to Jessie Hellmann of The Hill, the poll also indicates nearly 60 percent of voters would not vote to reelect their member of congress if he or she supported cuts to Medicaid or a shift to block grant funding.