Following last week’s cancellation of a House vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Congress and the Trump Administration are still showing a commitment to working on healthcare issues in 2017. In a letter to President Trump just before a reception for Senators at the White House, 44 Senate Democrats expressed that they would be willing to work on healthcare improvements and solutions with the President if he moved away from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile two leading Senate Republicans, Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN), introduced a bill to address issues with the Affordable Care Act around the value of subsidies with a deficit of insurance providers.
In the House, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made an appearance in a Appropriations Subcommittee to address the White House’s FY 2018 budget proposal, but provided responses about the Affordable Care Act, the current intention to implement it, and intention to impact regulations to improve access to care. Read more about these stories below.