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American Health Care Act Summary

How does this affect me as an employer?


Employer Mandate Repeal: The AHCA repeals the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement that employers with more than 50 employees provide health insurance or face tax penalties by setting penalties at $0. Were it to become law, the effective date for repealing the employer mandate would apply would be January 1, 2016, providing retroactive relief to those affected by the penalty in 2016.


The AHCA delays the ACA’s so-called “Cadillac Tax” on certain high-value, employer-sponsored health insurance plans to 2026.


The American Health Care Act (AHCA) retains many of the ACA’s market reforms that remain popular elements with employees. For example, the AHCA would continue to allow young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance until age 26.

News and Media

August 3, 2017:
Senators Plan Bipartisan Hearings On Health Care

Dave Anderson, CEO of HealthNow New York, talks with Steve Inskeep about lawmakers' plans to hold bipartisan hearings on health insurance exchanges. NPR's Scott Horsley has details and analysis.


June 6, 2017:
What's next for the American Health Care Act

The Point of Health podcast features Donald Ingalls, Vice President, State and Federal Relations of BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The episode covers the latest updates on Republican's efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.


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