Democrats want changes in latest GOP health care bill

Democrats want changes in latest GOP health care bill

Democrats want changes in latest GOP health care bill

And there are potential unintended consequences for people with employer-provided insurance, now about 170 million Americans.

The latest Senate bill includes an amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and which was unveiled June 22.

Betsy Ryan, New Jersey Hospital Association President and CEO, said the best way to ensure good health is to ensure consumers can access the services they need at a price they can afford, and to strengthen the quality of care in an effort to improve value. The law also requires the same premium rates for sick and healthy people.

States that offer state-funded adoption assistance payments for children with special needs may also make them eligible for Medicaid.

Critics say the measure would encourage healthy people to buy the skimpy, low-priced plans, leaving sicker consumers who need more comprehensive coverage confronting unaffordable costs. It also keeps the Obama era taxes on the wealthy and provides $45 billion for opioid treatment - which Gov. Chris Christie has declared a statewide health crisis. But it's not clear how those backstops would work, and the federal funding eventually would end.

A provision created to appeal to conservatives would let insurers sell cheap, bare-bones insurance policies that would not have to cover broad benefits mandated under Obamacare like maternity and newborn care, mental health services and addiction treatment, outpatient care, hospitalization, emergency room visits and prescription drugs.

"We think it is unworkable", said Justine Handelman, top Washington lobbyist for the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy on behalf of our patients. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can not lose any others for the legislation to survive a showdown vote expected next week. Under current law, they can only be used to cover out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copayments.

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The upside is that the change might encourage more self-employed people to buy individual health insurance policies. But moderates have anxious the bill will cause people with serious illnesses to lose coverage, while some conservatives say it does not go far enough.

"Allowing individuals to purchase insurance with pre-tax dollars eliminates one of the advantages to employer-provided insurance", said Elizabeth Carpenter of the Avalere Health consulting firm. They could offer skimpier policies that don't offer maternity, mental health and prescription drugs. States would have to find space within a fixed, insufficient amount of money for everyone helped by Medicaid.

"You don't fix the Affordable Care Act by a $7 million a year tax cut to the 400 richest families in America".

Medicaid covers low-income people, from many pregnant women and newborns, to disabled people and many elderly nursing home residents.

The GOP health care bill working its way through the Senate would dramatically reduce federal funding for Medicaid, including rolling back the expansion funding entirely between 2021 and 2024.

"The debate on the future of Medicaid has largely marginalized a crucial voice: the perspective of enrollees". Under the ACA, states are required to provide Medicaid coverage for young adults who were in foster care within the state, have now aged out, and are under age 26 - just as young adults who are not in foster care can stay on their parents' plans until age 26. Immediately on passage of the bill, deep cuts will occur in all states and even during the phase-out of expansion coverage. About half the states that expanded Medicaid now have GOP chief executives.

That said, the ACA is not a ideal bill, but it has provisions in it that help our county and country excel by providing Medicaid expansion, insuring more people, and creating a safety net for the sick that was unavailable to residents in previous years.

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