Now that the House has passed the AHCA, the Senate must consider it, offer any amendments or changes, and pass it. If the Senate changes the bill, a conference committee made up of members of the House and Senate will be formed to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate passed bills. The result of these discussions is then presented to both the House and Senate for a final up-or-down vote. If it passes both chambers, it will be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
Beyond the AHCA, Congress and the Administration have been and will continue to work on reforms to our health care system that will create a more competitive health insurance marketplace, reduce costs for consumers and support further legislation that will include reforms not permitted under the budget reconciliation process. The Department of Health and Human Services has already begun to relieve the regulatory burden that the current health care law has placed on millions of Americans. Congress will work to pass additional legislation that will increase competition and choice by promoting the sale of insurance across state lines, reducing the cost of prescription drugs and making new legal reforms to cut costs for patients and doctors. More information about these steps is available here.