On Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees held mark-ups on the current House Republican plan to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The legislation, described by House leadership as the first phase of their healthcare reform plan, largely deals with changes to the tax and insurance policies of the ACA. Additional phases could focus on regulatory reform and other necessary legislation outside the scope of budget reconciliation.
The House legislation has been met with opposition from both ends of the political spectrum and will likely undergo revisions over time. The HIMSS Congressional Affairs team is closely monitoring repeal and replace efforts in both the House and Senate with a focus on potential impacts to health IT and value-based care policies.