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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

Governors Join Discussion on Health Care Repeal and Replace

January 19, 2017 | ACA | Comments
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On Thursday, Republican and Democratic governors and lieutenant governors from across the country joined the debate on plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Republican state leaders met in a closed-door meeting with Congressional leadership to discuss potential changes to the Medicaid program including the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, program sustainability and avenues to greater flexibility. Meanwhile, Democratic governors on Thursday recirculated a letter to congressional leaders opposing the repeal of ACA provisions without a replacement.

There has been growing public support among Republicans for maintaining portions of the ACA including provisions related to Medicaid expansion. During an interview earlier this week, House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess (R-TX) shared that Republicans are considering allowing states to keep Medicaid expansion as a part of an ACA replacement plan. Late last year, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote to Republican governors asking for their input on a GOP health care reform law. This week’s in-person meeting is a continuation of that dialogue, the results of which will be monitored closely and reported on by the National Council.

Participating GOP Governors included: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Florida Gov. Rick Scott; Idaho Gov. Butch Otter; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds; Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer; Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott; and Utah Gary Gov. Herbert.

Democratic Governors Send Letter, Stand Together

In response to the GOP closed-door meeting, The Democratic Governors Association recirculated a letter sent in December that voiced opposition to repealing the ACA by highlighting the negative impact such a move would have on states. The letter includes excerpts from 17 Governors sharing their state’s story as to why and how the ACA has been successful. Read the full letter here.