What is new in benefits?  Well, maybe a lot and maybe not!

As many of you know, under the Trump administration there has been a push to repeal the Affordable Care Act (known as ACA or Obamacare) and replace it with a Republican version.  The initial version, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), was passed by the House in May 2017 but did not have the votes to pass the Senate.  To combat this, the Senate released The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and then a revised version (including the Cruz Amendment) just a couple weeks ago.  Unfortunately for the Senate, several Republican senators refused to support the bill and it looks to be on shaky ground.  Senator Mitch McConnell is championing the effort but a viable solution is not readily apparent right now.  He did try to launch a repeal measure last week but that was derailed with the hospitalization of Senator John McCain and the lack of support from other Republicans.

Some of the features were not all bad, however!  Let’s do a quick rundown:

Other provisions call for more regulation at the state level versus the federal level.  There is also a push to reinvigorate the individual marketplace by modeling it after the DC Marketplace (one of the most successful).

What does this mean you ask?  It means absolutely nothing has changed until a bill has actually passed the legislature and signed into law.  The healthcare and benefits rollercoaster continues!  Stay tuned!