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New Revisions to BCRA Health Bill

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On Thursday, the Senate released a revised version of their health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The initial bill, released in late June, was projected not to receive enough support to win the vote. The vote was delayed and the Senate has been working to make changes to appease to both parties’ concerns.

Some provisions of the revised bill remain the same including the elimination of the employer mandate and Medicaid cuts (capping payments and rolling back the expansion). Other, notable additions are:

  • Some Affordable Care Act taxes would be kept in play including a tax on investment income (for people with high incomes) and a Medicare surcharge on the wealthy
  • An additional $70 billion would be added to help states reduce premiums, implement new reforms and help stabilize insurance exchanges (total fund: $182 billion)
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) could be used to pay for insurance premiums
  • Individuals would be able to purchase cheaper health plans with narrow coverage
  • $45 billion fund would be created to help with opioid addiction

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will be reviewing this plan and their report will be released early next week. Stay tuned to this blog to stay informed.

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Carolyn Wonders
Carolyn Wonders
In a world of constant interruption, regular onslaught of emails and ever increasing bids for our attention, schools, cities and counties are finding it harder than ever to connect with employees. That’s when we call in Carolyn Wonders. Carolyn heads up NIS’ Marketing Team, who creates and executes employee benefit communications for NIS’ growing list of clients.

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