ACHP Media Monitoring Report: March 8, 2017

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ACHP in the News: ACHP President and CEO Ceci Connolly responds to the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act in The Hill Extra (subscriber’s content).

ACHP Statement: Alliance of Community Health Plans Offers Initial Reactions to American Health Care Act

GOP governors push back on House health care plan
Republican governors are criticizing a House Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The governors believe provisions designed to scale back Medicaid will result in millions losing coverage, writes Thomas Beaumont and Alison Noon of The Washington Post.

Republican ACA replacement effect on insurers unclear
The health care reform bill proposed by House Republicans is likely to have mixed effects on the insurance industry. Carolyn Johnson of The Washington Post provides a breakdown of the potential effects of different provisions including: the elimination of taxes rolled out under the ACA; a shift from low-income subsidies to a flat tax credit system; greater flexibility in benefit packages; and provisions allowing insurers to require continuous coverage as a replacement for the individual mandate.

Proposed elimination of public health fund draws criticism
Public health advocates are pushing back against a provision of the Republican health care bill that would eliminate funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The $10 billion fund is used for a variety of public health programs, including vaccine programs, combatting the opioid epidemic and cancer research, according to Alex Ruoff of Bloomberg BNA (subscriber’s content).

Low-income patients, hospitals worry about loss of insurance
Consumers who rely on federal subsidies to purchase health insurance as well as hospitals may be negatively affected by the Republican plan to replace the ACA. The proposal would eliminate the subsidies that offset the cost of insurance and reduce tax credits available to help with purchasing health coverage. Hospitals are concerned about the increased financial burden of treating patients who are uninsured or who may no longer be able to afford services. Lawmakers are pushing forward with the legislation without a cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Jayne O’Donnell at USA Today has the story.

House plan proposes tax credit
A refundable tax credit is a part of Republicans’ plan to help individuals purchase health insurance. In the House legislation, tax credits are based on age, with a $14,000 limit per household. Richard Rubin at The Wall Street Journal explains those most in need of financial assistance often do not have high enough earnings to owe income taxes (subscriber’s content).