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House Republicans Pass AHCA but Path Ahead Remains Unclear

Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), by a narrow 217 to 213 vote, with the margin largely falling along party lines. (Interestingly, a sizeable number of Republican House members chose not to support the measure as endorsed by President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

AHCA is the Republican legislative vehicle that nullifies and reforms an array of Affordable Care Act provisions (“ACA;” otherwise known as Obamacare).  Although today’s activity means that employers move one step closer to seeing meaningful ACA changes, and this is an undeniably crucial phase for the Republican ACA-repair effort trumpeted by the President -- plan sponsors should note that there’s still a long road ahead before a final bill reaches the President’s desk.  And, many experts note that negotiations with the Senate could still churn new surprises. READ MORE