What is Senate Bill S. 2278?
This bill, commonly referred to as The SCOPE Act, deals with 23 words in the 2,700-page Affordable Care Act. The bill would repeal the ability of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), under the Affordable Care Act, to prohibit health insurers from working with doctors and other medical providers who fail to meet quality services standards designated by the Secretary. The Secretary’s ability to make such prohibitions is scheduled to take effect January 1st, 2015.
The bill implicitly asks whether or not the federal government should be able to enforce nationwide healthcare mandates. If the bill is passed, nothing changes: doctors remain accountable to state-level entities such as insurers and state licensing boards, and follow state regulations. If the ACA provision does go into effect as it is scheduled to on January 1st, 2015, doctors and hospitals will have to comply. This could, and most likely would, mean policy changes for both private practices and hospitals.
Cost of Senate Bill S. 2278
A CBO cost estimate is not available.