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What health care providers need to know about the American Health Care Act

On Monday, March 6, the House Republicans released the American Health Care Act – the long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as “Obamacare.” When the ACA was enacted in March 2010, major themes included expansion of coverage, improving the efficiency and quality of healthcare, and lowering the overall cost of insurance. While the goal for Republicans has been to repeal the ACA, the new bill leaves much of the existing legislation in place. The House’s proposed repeal and replace legislation attempts to reduce the federal government’s investment in the ACA’s expanded insurance coverage by repealing many of the taxes that were implemented to fund the ACA, restructuring the federal subsidies for health insurance premiums as flat tax credits, and reforming Medicaid.

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