GOP ACA-Replacement Draft: Device Tax Would Go Away; States Left To Decide Plan Coverage
Under a GOP Affordable Care Act "repeal and replacement" discussion draft, all ACA taxes – including the medical device tax – would be repealed, and each state would decide what minimum essential health benefits add up to acceptable health-care coverage.
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A group of high-level health policy analysts – including former Medicare and Medicaid officials and experts at policy groups including Families USA and the American Enterprise Institute – have crafted a bipartisan recommendation for Affordable Care Act reform, but are divided on if the 2.3% device excise tax created by ACA should be repealed.
In a March 6 letter to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kent., four GOP senators said they oppose a Feb. 10 Obamacare "Repeal and Replace" plan that has been circulating around Congress because it does not provide stability or certainty for individuals in Medicaid expansion programs. A device tax repeal is included in the plan.
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