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Recent Activity in Health Care Reform

With the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the national health care landscape seems to be shifting, raising questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what it all means to our industry – and your businesses. While there is nothing definitive from policymakers in Washington, we do expect there to be changes to the law over time.

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, we want to ensure that everyone in the state continues to have access to high–quality, affordable health care. We also want to ensure the marketplace remains competitive, affordable, and stable. We're committed to working in a spirit of shared responsibility to maintain what we have achieved.

Through all this uncertainty, our focus remains on our accounts, brokers, and members. As your trusted advisor on health care, Blue Cross will be prepared to help you – answering questions, navigating changes.

We're committed to keeping you updated and apprised as decisions are made in Washington, and here in Massachusetts. Below is a summary of recent activity at the state and federal levels.

  • Governor Charlie Baker weighed in on "Repeal and Replace" in his response to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who had asked governors across the country to detail their state's experience with reform. Governor Baker outlined how Massachusetts was successful in expanding health care coverage to almost everyone in the state, discussed our work in the state to control the rising cost of health care, and wrote that he intends to protect the gains made in Massachusetts.
  • President Trump signed an executive order generally directing the federal government to move forward in "easing the burden of the Affordable Care Act" and use their authority under the Act "to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens" of the ACA.
  • Congress has already begun to take initial steps necessary to roll back certain provisions of the ACA. Both chambers passed a budget resolution allowing "Repeal and Replace" to move forward through the reconciliation process.
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