CBO score of GOP healthcare bill to be released Wednesday

CBO score of GOP healthcare bill to be released Wednesday
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed GOP healthcare reform bill Wednesday afternoon. 

The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage. 

The initial version showed that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would increase the number of people without health insurance by 24 million by 2026. 

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Previous versions of the GOP bill were scored twice in March, but the bill has been amended three times since then.

The most recent amendment would allow states to waive out of two ObamaCare provisions: essential health benefits, which mandates which services insurers must cover, and community rating, which requires insurers charge everyone in a certain region the same for premiums regardless of medical condition. 

Under the plan, states that waive community rating would have to have a high-risk pool as a backstop for people priced out of coverage. Those changes could result in more coverage losses. 

The CBO score will also determine whether the bill meets Senate requirements. 

The House, despite passing the bill two weeks ago, is waiting to send the legislation to the Senate until the CBO score comes in. 

There is at least some possibility that the new score would find that the measure no longer reduces the deficit, meaning that it does not meet Senate rules governing the reconciliation process, which Republicans are using to avoid a Democratic filibuster. The House would then have to change its bill and vote again.

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"It's just a technical nonissue, is what it is. Just out of an abundance of caution, we’re waiting to send the bill to the Senate for the final CBO score," he said.