Earlier this afternoon U.S. Senate Republican leadership released a new discussion draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. Senate Republican leadership released the first version of the draft legislation last Thursday, June 22.

This new discussion draft includes a provision to encourage individuals to maintain continuous health care coverage. This provision, which would be effective beginning in 2019,  is a six-month waiting period for those who seek during the open enrollment period to purchase health care insurance coverage but had a break in coverage of 63 days or more in the previous  year.

This provision is included in Section 206(c)(3) of the new discussion draft.