CHA News Article

Congress Averts Government Shutdown
No vote scheduled on American Health Care Act

The House and Senate have agreed to a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through May 5, averting a government shut down on Saturday. Lawmakers continue to negotiate a fiscal year 2017 spending package.

Despite pressure from the administration, House leadership did not hold a vote on the revised version of its plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). A recent amendment to the AHCA allows states to opt out of key ACA insurance protections. CHA issued an Advocacy Alert on April 26 addressing the amendment and citing the lack of improvement in the AHCA’s Medicaid and coverage provisions. It is unclear when the House will vote on the AHCA.