Comparison of the AHCA and the BCRA

Comparison of the AHCA and the BCRA

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its proposed bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Then, on June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a discussion draft of their proposal, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). On July 3, 2017, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a comparison report of the House’s AHCA and the Senate’s BCRA.

This ACA Overview includes the CRS report, which contains tables that, together, provide an overview of AHCA and BCRA provisions, as compared to current law under the […] Read more

How Michigan Is Fighting Opioid Abuse

How Michigan Is Fighting Opioid Abuse

The opioid epidemic–a key focal point of health care reform negotiations in Washington—resulted in 22,000 deaths nationally in 2015 alone, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “prescription opioids continue to be involved in more overdose deaths than any other drug.”

The opioid epidemic is a serious threat.  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, however, has made remarkable progress toward reducing the impact of prescription opioids in the state.

At a recent benefits-related seminar conducted by Cornerstone Group, BCBSM Manager of Pharmacy Sales Michael Simeoni revealed that, since 2010, BCBSM has succeeded in:

Reducing the number of opioid pills dispensed […] Read more

Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill

Senate Releases Draft ACA Replacement Bill

On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the ACA, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—with some differences. For example, unlike the AHCA, the BCRA:

Would enhance the ACA’s Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver program; and
Would not allow issuers to impose a surcharge for individuals who do not maintain continuous coverage.

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