After a week spent trying to whip the 215 votes needed to pass the American Health Care Act, Republican leadership withdrew the bill from consideration Friday afternoon, sending the House into recess and leaving the Affordable Care Act in place.
The Hill reported that a House of Representatives vote planned Thursday evening for the American Health Care Act — the bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — had been postponed Thursday afternoon. The bill reportedly lacked the necessary 215 votes to pass the House, and there was a House Republican Conference meeting set for 7 p.m. Thursday, with White House press secretary Sean Spicer predicting the bill would still a vote Thursday. (The Hill)
The American Pharmacists Association is weighing in on what it says would be an ideal addition to any health care reform efforts: patient access to pharmacist-provided services and affordable, safe medications.
The Congressional Budget Office on Monday released its assessment of the American Health Care Act, the House GOP's proposal to replace Obamacare, and The Hill is outlining five of the biggest takeaways. Among them are the 24 million individuals who would be uninsured by 2026, with 14 million losing coverage next year, as well as the expected reduction in the federal deficit that the bill would bring about. The bill would also create extensive changes to Medicaid. (The Hill)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently collaborated with the Florida Department of Health to conduct additional analysis of locally acquired Zika cases, including analysis of resident travel patterns in Florida.