On Friday, March 24, the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew H.R. 1628, the "American Health Care Act" (AHCA), which would have repealed and partly replaced the Affordable Care Act (ACA). House Members were unable to come to an agreement on enough key details to pass the bill.
Congress and the Administration’s next steps on healthcare reform are currently unclear, but, even today, there were some inklings that a second attempt with a revised bill was being considered. ASCO will continue to monitor federal health care reform initiatives carefully, as well as the ongoing expansion of Medicaid at the state level, and will keep members informed. ASCO has been monitoring ACA implementation, as well as efforts to repeal and replace the law, since it was enacted in March 2010.
ASCO will also continue to work with lawmakers and relevant federal agencies to ensure that any healthcare reform proposals align with ASCO’s principles for patient-centered healthcare reform, in order to meet the needs of patients facing a cancer diagnosis.
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