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More than 6,000 attend APhA annual meeting

2017’s theme, “Making an Impact in Patient Care,” served as a mandate for attendees to step up efforts in patient care and demonstrate why pharmacists should have a much larger role in any new federal health care policy.

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House GOP pulls ACA replacement bill ahead of vote

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.

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House reportedly postpones AHCA vote

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)
 

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Report: 5 takeaways from the CBO’s analysis of AHCA

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)