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GOP health plan really about taxes

GOP health plan really about taxes

What do asthma, depression, an abnormal pap smear, cancer, obesity and ADHD have in common? Members of Congress looking to rewrite former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act have a unique perspective, since many of them are signed up for the health care it created.

These enrollees have pre-existing conditions that could leave them paying higher premiums if they let their coverage lapse for 63 days or more and live in states that opt to waive some of Obamacare's protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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. How can you charge women more for health care? The Kaiser Family Institute estimates that more than a quarter of non-elderly adults have preexisting conditions that would have negatively affected their coverage prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The provision is called community rating. The group notes that the median annual income for people 50 to 64 years-old is less than $25,000.

House GOP leaders say the amendment prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

So, in theory, a health insurer could offer plans that cover less than 60 percent of total costs, which would bring down premiums but also increase deductibles and other cost-sharing payments.

The high-risk pools did keep costs down in the individual market, where Anthem was the largest insurer, according to the report.

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Devine explains that the MacArthur amendment paved the way for Republicans to abolish taxes on high income families that would have paid for health services to needy people who can not afford care without help. I have coverage through my employer.

Obamacare banned lifetime and annual dollar limits, which applied to the 10 essential health benefits.

Today is the deadline for health plans to file rate requests with the State Department of Financial Services. Can you afford COBRA?

But only a high-risk pool can help people who were priced out of coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and there's no requirement that states need to set up such an alternative source of coverage, Pollitz said.

"One of my top priorities in any Obamacare replacement package was to ensure that no one had the rug pulled out from under them. Other insurance companies are pulling out", he said.

He also said Americans should be direct consumers of health care by increasing the use of health savings accounts, or HSAs.


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