Friday, May 5, 2017

Federal Legislative Report 115-04

On May 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), H.R. 1628. The AHCA contains language jeopardizing Medicaid funding in schools (see FLR 115-02 and 115-03). The following Illinois representatives voted for the bill: Roskam, Bost, R. Davis, Hultgren, Shimkus, Kinzinger, and LaHood. The following Illinois representatives voted against the bill: Rush, Kelly, Lipinski, Gutierrez, Quigley, D. Davis, Krishnamoorthi, Schakowsky, Schneider, Foster, and Bustos.

The AHCA now moves over to the Senate. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has indicated, however, that the Senate will write its own bill. A major sticking point is expected to be how to address the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid.

Click here to read the entire Federal Legislative Report 115-04, including updates on the FY17 and FY18 appropriations.