SENATE HEALTHCARE BILL RELEASED 06/23/17: HERE
UPDATE SENATE #AHCA KILLS PREEXISTING CONDITIONS WITH THERE OLD GAMES OF SMOKE SCREENS??▶️The preliminary reports have disclosed the Senate #ACHA Version as briefed as of 06/21/17. However, do not be fooled with their version.
As of 06/21/17, reports of the Senate #AHCA are:
–Senate gives greater flexibility to the ACA’s existing state waivers, and expedites their approval. The ACA laid out strict conditions for what the waivers could do, and the GOP bill would loosen these — which could be a different means to the same end (as passed by Congress)
**What would be waivable:**
**Essential Health Benefits (EHBs)**
Actuarial value, or the need that plans cover a certain percentage of an enrollee’s health care costs
—The definition of a quality health plan
Not the ban on charging sick people higher premiums than healthy people, nor the need that insurers sell plans to people with pre-existing conditions, according to AXIO and the Washington Post Video of McConnell (06/21/17).
The above paragraph seems to imply that charging higher premiums to those who are sick, than healthy people is not included in Senates version. As slick as they think they are, it sounds great on paper, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. It is still murder.
Senate grants states the ability to waive EHBs. Sure, insurers will sell plans to a sick person. THEY WONT TREAT THE CHRONICALLY ILL.
Built into the ACA are specific protections for those with chronic illness. Called, Essential Health Benefits (EHBs). EHBs will be denied by states that accept the waivers. Treatment of chronic illness will no longer be covered. As I have stated repeatedly that EHBs includes treatment of chronic illness, and a wealth of patient protections such as prescription medications, labs, hospitalization and more. The Republicans are demanding a death spiral.
This proposed Senate Version is STILL a death sentence to people who suffer chronic illnesses, and rely on life saving medications. The following is what is now covered under EHBs. These protections will no longer be available, including treatment of chronic illnesses. I have also updated the documents section with the full text law. Located HERE.
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