On June 22, 2017, Republicans in the U.S. Senate released a draft of their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The Senate bill closely mirrors the proposal passed in the House of Representatives—the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—with some differences. For example, unlike the AHCA, the BCRA:
- Would enhance the ACA’s Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver program; and
- Would not allow issuers to impose a surcharge for individuals who do not maintain continuous coverage.