The likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) early in the Trump administration has placed patients who gained coverage through the legislation and the ACA’s value-based kidney care initiatives in limbo.
The Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress are vowing to quickly repeal the ACA when they take power in January 2017. The repeal is expected to allow a 2–3 year grace period for parts of the ACA to continue. After that time, Republicans are expected to replace the ACA with their own legislation.
The planned repeal raises many questions about what will happen to patients who gained coverage under the legislation, ACA programs for patients with kidney disease, and some of the patient protections in the bill.