The United States House of Representatives, by a vote of 217 to 213, on May 4, 2017, approved legislation—called the American Health Care Act–to repeal aspects of the Affordable Care Act and replace them. The House bill must still pass the Senate to become law. If approved, the new legislation will impact every American citizen, particularly those who have not had insurance before, those who have pre-existing conditions and those who rely on Medicaid. According to The New York Times, the House bill would eliminate tax penalties for people who go without health insurance. The bill would roll back state-by-state expansions of Medicaid, which covers millions of low-income Americans. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the bill would cut Medicaid spending by $880 billion. School districts will face cuts in funding and children with disabilities could receive less services.
We will keep you apprised on important developments and the changes in law will have a significant impact on vulnerable adults and children with disabilities.