CBO could take weeks to fully score Graham-Cassidy bill, missing key Sept. 30 deadline

The Congressional Budget Office announced Monday it will be able to provide estimates on certain effects of the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal by next week, but the agency said it could take weeks to score the bill's impact on insurance coverage and premiums.

Though Senate Republicans want to vote on the bill before budget reconciliation rules expire September 30, it will be several weeks before the CBO is able to provide point estimates for the bill's effects on health insurance coverage, premiums or the budget deficit.

The bill, drafted by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., would give states block grants to use at their discretion for their healthcare systems, scale back Medicaid expansion and eliminate the individual insurance mandate, according to Politico.

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