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Senate Republican leadership has formed a committee to work on reviewing the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which has already passed the House. Although the Senate is expected to make changes to the House bill, Medicaid and access to health care and long-term services and supports for seniors continue to be in grave danger.
Despite President Donald Trump’s assurances that the House bill will serve the healthcare insurance needs of all Americans, scores of advocacy groups -- including AARP and the American Medical Association -- have been screaming their collective disdain for the measure ever since it cleared the House floor this past week.
The new version of the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) – the legislative instrument congressional Republicans are using to repeal and replace Obamacare -- is even worse than the previous one for older adults. The new version of the bill includes all of the devastating cuts of the old version and also further weakens important protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Besides allowing states to dramatically weaken the so-called “community rating” requirements prohibiting health insurance carriers from setting premiums based on an individual’s health status, the MacArthur amendment also would permit states to waive the Affordable Care Act’s “Essential Health Benefits” standards starting in 2020. Under the ACA, health plans in the individual and small-group markets are required to cover services such as inpatient and outpatient care, prescription drugs, mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, and maternity care. The proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would virtually nullify that requirement.
The high court’s eventual decision in the case is expected to have ramifications for all subsequent biosimilars approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additionally, it could have an impact on the pricing of biosimilars, affecting the pocketbooks of millions of American consumers -- especially seniors.
The hot-button issue of cost-sharing payments to insurers under the Affordable Care Act should be part of talks on a spending bill being negotiated to prevent a government shutdown at the end of April, according to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
To offset the cost of President Trump's supplemental funding request, the White House is expected to propose some $18 billion in non-defense spending reductions. Those cuts would seriously impact several key programs critically important to seniors, including the elimination of the Senior Community Service Employment Program, near elimination of the Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (with just $3 million left), and sharp reductions in Senior Corps, the Community Services Block Grant, and Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Congress may have called off its vote on the healthcare bill, but Americans have continued to let their opinions be known through social media where more than 2.4 million posts have mentioned healthcare over the past 72 hours...
The version of the bill under consideration would have dangerously reduced support for caregivers and seniors through drastic cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, as well as the elimination of incentives enabled by the Community First Choice program to direct more resources toward home and community-based care.
Newspapers’ editorial boards all across the country are criticizing the Republican-backed proposed American Health Care Act for its extremely negative impact on the nation’s health care system, highlighting the deleterious consequences for Medicaid, the elderly, and vulnerable populations. Here's what a few of them are saying ...
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