AHCA Could Jack Up Premiums for 6.3 Million With Pre-Existing Conditions

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Ongoing attempts by the congressional GOP and Trump administration to rewrite the nation's health-care policy have been the focus of a partisan tug-of-war ever since Donald Trump's upset victory last November.

Fein notes that a single payer system could significantly reduce costs by negotiating with pharmaceutical companies and health care providers, and drastically cutting hospital-billing costs.

Rosman said the state has its own subsidy program that supplements the federal tax credits.

The Maine pool earned higher marks than most state high risk pools because it had a key ingredient: enough money.

Premium tax credits were claimed by 258,000 MA residents in 2016. Are we to be sicker without preventive care? The AHCA would repeal a requirement that plans in the individual and small-group markets have an actuarial value - the percentage of total costs for covered benefits paid by the plan - in one of four tiers: about 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent or 90 percent.

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

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Upon enactment of the AHCA, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will begin using his authority to dismantle the Obamacare rules and regulations that drive up patient costs and force insurers out of the market. Remember you will get old, sick and maybe poor. Where Obamacare made sure that insurance companies couldn't charge individuals more for pre-existing conditions or based on their gender, the AHCA will not have that same protection. While revisions allowed the second incarnation to pass the House, the vote was tight and many accused the new bill of inadequately protecting people with pre-existing conditions.

Advocates for the House Republicans' health-care overhaul plan frequently say or suggest that premiums would go down under the proposal.

The master of divert and pivot has taken us away from the debate about health care. If coverage were interrupted for more than 63 days, insurers would be able to charge a 30% penalty for a year. For years Republicans in the Virginia state legislature have doggedly resisted expanding the Medicaid program that helps provide health care for Virginians who are unable to obtain or afford health insurance.

But the president wasn't talking about health care per se.

According to a recent analysis conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, "an estimated 52 million adults have pre-existing conditions that could make them uninsurable" without the insurance regulations of Obamacare.

A press release today touting the findings by the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C., pointedly notes, "Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet can prevent the bill's harmful cuts and other changes from ultimately becoming law".

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