Who could be at risk for higher premiums under GOP?

May 19, 2017, 04:39

The American Health Care Act was passed by the House of Representatives on May 4, 2017 as a measure to replace the Affordable Care Act.

In voting to approve their revised American Health Care Act, Republican congressional leaders didn't bother to wait for a budget-office analysis to show how truly bad it is. That's what happens when you provide health care "access" that could keep the old, poor and sick from affording actual care.

Rosman said the state has its own subsidy program that supplements the federal tax credits. But physician groups, public health experts and independent consultants widely agree the pools never worked well before and say the money set aside is not almost enough to cover everyone who would qualify.

Premium tax credits were claimed by 258,000 MA residents in 2016.

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Cost and quality of care also improved Kentucky and Arkanasa, where patients were 41 percent more likely to have a regular source of care, spent $337 less out of pocket annually, and were almost 23 percent more likely to rate themselves as being in "excellent" health.

To qualify, an individual must get insurance through the HealthConnector and have a household income up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

That program will be axed under the proposal working its way through Congress. The MacArthur Amendment also allows states to eliminate the requirement that insurance plans cover the essential health benefits. It would also allow states to opt out of coverage of pre-existing conditions and to impose "lifetime caps" on coverage. Kids should not pay the price for overspending elsewhere in the Medicaid program, but they will if protections are not put in place to ensure predictable, stable and adequate funding for their care.

Health care has overtaken security issues as the top priority among voters for the second week in a row. "The last thing America needs is another hastily-passed health care law without proper and prudent input from stakeholders across the country". It finds that an estimated 3.8 million adults, or about 25 percent of all adult enrollees in the 2015 individual insurance market, had a declinable pre-existing condition that could subject them to higher premiums under an AHCA community rating waiver if they don't maintain continuous coverage.

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The AHCA is about cutting taxes for the wealthy and supporting big insurance companies on the backs of those who are sick.

Meanwhile, a group of Democratic senators from states like West Virginia, Massachusetts and New Hampshire hit hard by the opioid epidemic said the proposed Medicaid cuts will make it more difficult for the addicted to get treatment.

The Kaiser Family Foundation's Larry Levitt, Karen Pollitz and colleagues used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to calculate how many people had some sort of pre-existing condition that was used in the past by health insurance companies to refuse coverage or to charge much higher premiums. That will likely lead healthy people to leave the insurance marketplace, further increasing premiums for those left behind.

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