Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted, by a two-vote margin, to pass the American Health Care Act. As we have talked about in prior posts, if signed, this law is a step backwards and would hurt millions of Americans.
It has the potential to effect people with pre-existing conditions like cancer, individuals who get their health insurance through an employer, people with disabilities or low incomes who receive care through Medicaid, and seniors receiving Medicare.
This bill was hastily thrown together and was passed without a score from the Congressional Budget Office, which means that Members of Congress don’t even know how much it is going to cost us.
For now, nothing has changed. The ACA Marketplaces are still open for business, Medicaid expansion still exists in the states that have expanded, and we still have the consumer rights afforded to us by the ACA.
Although this bill may appear to give people more choice when it comes to purchasing health insurance, it is important to remember that more choice doesn’t always mean better choice or more affordable choice. Lower cost plans that don’t provide adequate coverage for things like cancer treatment and mental health, will end up costing consumers more in the end.
It will likely be weeks before the Senate will consider the bill so now is the time to act. Contact your Senators, go to town halls being hosted by your elected officials, and educate yourself on how this law could really impact you.
Stay tuned to this blog as we will provide updates as more information becomes available. Also, please join us on June 21, 2017 for a free webinar – An Update to Our Health Care System. It is open to all and we are providing free CEUs for health care professionals. Register today!