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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Negotiations Continue but No Deal Yet on Health Care Reform

April 6, 2017 | ACA | Comments
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Discussions and negotiations continued this week to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, hosted meetings on Capitol Hill and at the White House with members of the House Freedom Caucus and the more moderate Tuesday Group – working to find consensus on a path forward. Despite reports of progress on this initiative, no formal plan or bill has been introduced and agreement does not seem likely at this time. Congress is now on a two-week recess for the Easter holiday.


Last week, the Capitol Connector reported that members of House of Representatives were working to rekindle negotiations and move forward with a health reform package in the coming weeks. Those discussions continued this week with congressional veterans turned White House officials coming back to Capitol Hill to work out a deal. In addition to Vice President Mike Pence who served in the House for ten years, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney and HHS Secretary Tom Price held meetings with their former colleagues about coming together on a single health reform package. Mr. Mulvaney previously represented South Carolina’s 6th district since 2010 and HHS Secretary Tom Price represented the Georgia 6th district since 2005.


While no deal has yet been reached, the National Council remains diligent in monitoring congressional action. Today, take time to tell your legislators about what matters to you: protecting the behavioral health safety net and preserving Medicaid for millions of Americans. Take action here!