Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., has introduced a bill (H.R. 277) in the House to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the health-care related provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The bill, the American Health Care Reform Act of 2017 (AHCRA), includes an effective date of January 1, 2018.
The AHCRA also would expand access to, and allowable expenses for, health savings accounts (HSA) and increase the maximum allowable contribution into an HSA. The bill also would allow employers to offer a larger benefit for successful completion of a wellness program than is currently permitted.
In addition, the AHCRA would make changes to the definition of medical care. Certain exercise equipment and membership dues in a fitness club would be included in the definition of medical care under Code Sec. 213. Medical care also would include amounts paid to purchase herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic remedies, meal replacement products, and other dietary and nutritional supplements.
The bill also provides for state high-risk pools, medical liability reform and insurance sales across state lines, among other provisions.
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