The American Health Care Act: what you should know --RSS Feed

By Shawnette Stephens, Human Resources Generalist
 
The House could vote this week on the amended version of the American Health Care Act. House Republicans first proposed the bill on March 6, 2017, to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On March 24, the House Republican leadership withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the House floor amidst a number of concerns, including that the bill would deeply cut Medicaid programs for the poor and people with disabilities (as well as concerns from those who thought the bill did not go far enough).
 
The ACA expanded Medicaid coverage to millions of low-income Americans, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Medicaid.gov. Based on the 2017 Medicaid Enrollment Report, 69 million people are covered by Medicaid, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, older adults and people with disabilities.
 
In the AHCA on the House GOP website the House bill calls for:

  • Repeal of Medicaid expansion; replace it with state-based private insurance market place and capping future Medicaid funding.
  • Replace insurance subsidies with yearly refundable tax credits between $2,000 and $14,000 based on age and family size that phase out as income increases.
  • Allow dependents to remain on their parents’ coverage until age 26.
  • Prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to patients with preexisting conditions.
Bob Bryan of the Business Insider reported that for over two months, House Republicans have made amendments, proposed by Rep. Tom MacArthur, to the American Health Care Act that will allow states to opt out of provisions of the ACA, the healthcare law better known as Obamacare. The Freedom Caucus, an influential group of House conservatives, endorsed the latest GOP health care plan. 

“The amendment would allow states to seek waivers to weaken several key Obamacare insurance reforms that protect those with pre-existing conditions, including the benefits insurers must cover in their policies and the ban on allowing carriers to charge more based on a person's health background,” reported Eugene Scott for CNN Politics.
 
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the House Republican health care bill would:
  • Cause 24 million people to lose coverage by 2026.
  • Shift $1 billion in Medicaid costs to Wisconsin.
  • Cause thousands to lose coverage and access to services or be charged unaffordable prices in the individual marketplace.
  • Increase costs for Wisconsinites buying marketplace coverage by $3,514.
  • Shift cost to low-and moderate-income consumers while providing tax cuts for wealthy Wisconsinites.
Now is the time to voice any opinions you have about the American Health Care Act to your legislators. For more information, call 414-291-7520 V/Relay. 

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