Health Care Bill
This week, two House Committees expedited legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and dramatically reduce and change the Medicaid program. The Committees debating the bill were the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee. Congress is using the reconciliation budget process to fast track repealing the health care reform bill. The proposal uses cuts in the Medicaid program as a way to pay for it by capping spending and transferring the program to the states to administer. The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) sent an Action Alert earlier this week expressing concerns about the bill and will continue to apprise advocates as the bill progresses (view the Action Alert here). BIAA also sent a letter of support to the Ways and Means Committee in support of Congressman Pascrell’s (D-N.J.) amendment to protect individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) by maintaining current premium tax credits and cost-sharing reduction (CSR) subsidies in order to purchase a health plan in the private individual health insurance market.