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    House Narrowly Approves GOP Healthcare Reform Plan

    May 04, 2017

    The House narrowly approved the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a party-line vote of 217-213 — paving the way for senate consideration where the bill will likely be extensively modified. The latest iteration of the bill would allow states that receive a waiver from the Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS) to opt out of a number ACA provisions surrounding essential health benefits, community rating and pre-existing health conditions provided the state enacts a high-risk pool to subsidize the costs of these high-risk individuals. House Republicans proceeded with the floor vote today after a last minute change in the bill would provide an additional $8 billion to the $115 billion included for state and federal high-risk pools – to help reduce premiums or out-of-pocket costs for individuals with pre-existing conditions in states that receive waivers.