During the April 2017 Congressional recess, U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA 18) met with a group of fifteen physician constituents to discuss health care reform. They addressed the ongoing process of repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with new federal legislation that will shape the future of how health care is delivered in the United States.
Pictured, from left to right: Alan Axelson, MD; Rep. Tim Murphy; Amy Pare, MD, FACS
Rep. Murphy reviewed the most recent effort in the Congress to repeal the ACA and replace it with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation drafted and supported by House GOP leadership. When that proposal failed to garner enough support for House passage, House leaders began the process of revising their proposal. As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Rep. Murphy is working closely with House GOP leaders to seek a viable solution.
Among the specific provisions of the legislation discussed by Murphy were the ten essential mandated benefits, retention of community rating, narrowing the age bands from five to three, subsidies linked to income levels, and coverage of pre-existing conditions. He also talked about benefits choices that were tied to age of the insured and the mandated coverage provision.
The physicians in attendance engaged Rep. Murphy in a wide-ranging conversation about health care delivery systems in other nations that would provide a guide for ACA replacement, state exchanges, and the pitfalls of allowing health insurance plans to be sold across state lines.
The health roundtable was hosted by Amy Pare, MD, FACS, of McMurray, in her local office. Dr. Pare is a Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) Board member. The Allegheny County Medical Society coordinated the meeting with PAMED and Dr. Pare.