ACA repeal and replace: 8 key dates, deadlines to watch

As part of an ambitious legislative agenda, Congressional Republicans are working on a plan to repeal and replace the ACA.

Although the timeline for a repeal and replacement in Congress is still undetermined, Wells Fargo provided a preliminary timeline that includes the following key dates and deadlines for potential legislative action, the budget process, health insurance exchange filings and the Medicaid program.

Jan. 13 — Budget resolution adopted, starting the repeal process

February — ACA budget reconciliation repeal bill may be passed. Budget reconciliation allows lawmakers to pass legislation that affects the federal budget with a simple majority, making it immune from Democratic filibuster.

April 1 — Senate may initiate 2018 budget resolution

April 15 — Congress concurrent budget resolution deadline

May 3 — Deadline for all participating insurers to submit 2018 health insurance exchange plan and premium rate increase requests. "Failure to pass repeal legislation in [a] timely fashion will likely cause more health insurance exchange insurers to exit," according to Wells Fargo.  

Sept. 22 — Deadline for CMS to approve and certify all 2018 health insurance exchange plans and premium rate increases

Sept 30 — Deadline for Medicaid state reimbursement matching rates to be finalized

Nov. 1 — 2018 health insurance exchange enrollment period begins and runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

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