Updated side-by-side: The ACA vs. the BCRA

Topics: Health Care Reform, Politics and Policy, Health Care Legislation, Federal Government, Insurance, Medicaid

The American Health Line team put together the below chart to compare several key provisions and effects of the Affordable Care Act, the original Senate GOP health care bill, and the newly updated Senate bill.

The chart is intended to provide a high-level overview, so it isn't a comprehensive list of all the changes from the ACA—both versions of the Senate bill, for instance, also would repeal most of the health law's taxes (including on insurers and medical device makers) and provide market stabilization funds.

And it's important to note that several ACA provisions would remain intact under both versions of the Senate bill, including the law's provisions that:

  • Allow individuals to stay on their parent's insurance plans until age 26;
  • Established the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) to test new Medicare and Medicaid payment and delivery system models; and
  • Established the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

We'll update this chart as new information arises, including if, as is likely, there are additional changes to the Senate bill (called the Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA). You can see our previous chart comparing the ACA, the House-passed American Health Care Act, and the Senate bill, here.