Author: John Sawyer

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

First Look and Analysis: Senate Health Care Legislation

This morning, just over six weeks since the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Senate leaders unveiled their own proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Text of the bill can be found here. The bill, which was crafted by a small group of Senators led by Majority …

Health Center Advocacy, Health Center Federal Policy

With July 4th Deadline Looming, Senate ACA Repeal Debate Heats Up

Senate leaders, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have set an ambitious timeline for consideration of that chamber’s version of health care legislation, after the House passed its version on May 4th. On June 30th, Congress leaves for a week-long recess and the July 4th holiday, and Leader McConnell’s goal is to pass a …

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President Trump’s FY18 Budget: What Does It Mean for Health Centers?

By NACHC Federal Affairs Staff On Tuesday, President Trump released his FY18 budget proposal, which reflects the administration’s priorities for federal spending in the upcoming fiscal year. The President’s budget is a blueprint for national priorities, which is then submitted to Congress. Ultimately, it will be Congress that makes the final budget decisions during the …

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In Dramatic Fashion, House Leaders Pull ACA Repeal and Replace Bill

What a week it was last week. Even as our staff here at NACHC has been pulling together the finishing touches for the 2017 Policy and Issues Forum (sure to be our best yet, by the way) last week was a roller coaster in terms of the future of major health reform legislation that was …

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First Look: House Releases ACA “Repeal and Replace” Bill

Last night around 6pm, the Congressional effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act entered a new phase, as House Republicans released the draft legislative text of their proposal. The legislation will be considered this week by the two primary committees with jurisdiction over health care – the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Ways and …

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As Congress Returns, Leaks, Rumors and Disagreements Dominate the ACA Debate

By Oliver Spurgeon and John Sawyer, NACHC Federal Affairs Team Normally, a Congressional recess, where Members travel home to hold meetings with constituents in their districts, is a relatively quiet time for those of us in Washington. Staffers on the Hill don jeans in lieu of suits, and may pull back to working 8 or …

Health Center Federal Policy

Senate takes first (of many) steps toward ACA repeal

Early this morning, after a 7-hour marathon of votes on amendments, the U.S. Senate approved S.Con.Res 3, the Budget Resolution for the current federal fiscal year, FY2017, on a vote of 51-48. While Senate leadership referred to the bill as the “Obamacare Repeal Resolution,” it’s important for advocates to know that this bill itself does …

Health Center Federal Policy

Understanding the Potential Timeline for ACA “Repeal and Replace”

By Michaela Keller, NACHC Federal Affairs Staff Now that the 115th Congress is underway, it is expected that Republicans will move ahead quickly to fulfill one of their top campaign promises – repeal of the Affordable Care Act. With a majority in both the House and Senate, Republicans are charting a course to send a …

Health Center Federal Policy

Our Analysis: What 2017 Could Hold for Health Centers

With the 114th Congress scheduled to wrap up by the end of this week (with a few key victories for health centers along the way), we here on the NACHC Policy and Advocacy team are nearly 100% focused on preparing for 2017, which will be a pivotal year for health centers unlike any we’ve seen in …