Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

States brace for big hit on health care funding

Whether you are one of the 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance or get your plan from an exchange, your health care coverage will be undermined and your premiums will rise if the Affordable Care Act is replaced with an inferior option. The goal, she said, should be health care legislation that "ensures robust insurance market protections, controls costs, improves quality, and provides affordable coverage to all Americans".

Hatch told reporters he wouldn't mind postponing repeal of the mandate until after 2020, or even indefinitely.

Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington following the Republican Caucus meeting. 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.

By 2026, the AHCA would increase the number of uninsured people by 24 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office's March analysis.

The bill would get rid of the individual mandate and Medicaid expansion.

Those states would have to make up for the loss of federal funding in order to continue the program under the Republican plan. This is without regard to giving the reduced Medicaid to the states to spend.

This is only one part of the proposal from the House of Representatives' Republican Trumpcare.

- Medicaid expansion would be phased out. "Furthermore, the health care legislation passed by the House is a starting point and the Senate will be drafting its own plan", said a spokesmen for Senator Toomey. If someone has a gap in their coverage-from changing jobs, a divorce, or a move-for more than 63 consecutive days they could be subject to much higher premiums when they enroll.

Instead, the measure would encourage people to maintain coverage by prohibiting insurance companies from cutting them off or charging more for pre-existing conditions as long as their insurance didn't lapse. Under the AHCA, insurers would be able to increase premiums for consumers with pre-existing conditions and for older adults. The community rating limits the amount of money health insurance companies can charge because of age, health and gender.

The proposed bill will largely benefit middle to high income people without preexisting medical conditions, some of whom have seen skyrocketing premiums in recent years.

But it's not enough, said two healthcare experts.

She wrote that insurance is a free-market business where you can select a policy that covers only your needs, not everyone else's needs. A real and nagging problem of the state pools was inconsistent and often inadequate funding of the pools by the states operating them. In some states - Tennessee and Iowa, for example - there are areas that risk having no insurer at all. Our mortality rates are higher than in all other industrialized countries.

"It is a very serious concern, because that has important health care consequences, but it's also a question about resources", said Bay State U.S. Sen.

In the United States, about six million of the 18 million people in the individual market have pre-existing conditions, according to Pipes.

During a May 7 Meet the Press appearance, Missouri's Republican Senator Roy Blunt indicated Democrats could be abandoning the Affordable Care Act. "It will be Obamacare as usual in California".

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