On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the United States Senate announced it would not vote on H.R. 1628, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment to the American Health Care Act, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and moved the law’s funding into block grants for states.
ASCO sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, expressing concerns that the bill did not align with the society’s principles for patient-centered healthcare reform. ASCO will continue to work with lawmakers and relevant federal agencies to ensure future healthcare reform proposals meet the needs of patients with cancer by following ASCO’s principles.
ASCO will continue to carefully monitor any new initiatives, as well as the ongoing expansion of Medicaid at the state level, and will keep its 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.
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