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Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

Medicaid Expansion Takes Center Stage in Senate Health Care Debate

The American Health Care Act, which cleared the House earlier this month, would scale back the Medicaid coverage that saw a massive expansion under Obamacare.

Premium tax credits were claimed by 258,000 MA residents in 2016.

"I don't mind the individual mandate being expanded", Hatch said, according to The Hill.

The bill would eliminate income-based tax credits and replace them with age-based credits ranging from $2,000 a year for people in their 20's to $4,000 a year for those older than 60.

Lynch said he plans to reach out to local hospitals to get a sense of what can be done to fix the issue.

Before the Affordable Care Act, it was hard to buy an individual health insurance policy for those who were pregnant, had sleep apnea or diabetes, among other problems.

A new study by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation reveals just how devastating the American Health Care Act will be to individuals with pre-existing conditions.




That program will be axed under the proposal working its way through Congress.

She believes many states will want to keep essential benefits and pre-existing condition coverage, and opt against getting a waiver.

"It would be very comprehensive and, I think, be an improvement over Medicare and an improvement, frankly, over most employer-based health insurance", he states. The total program provides more than $330 billion to the states, accounting for more than half of all federal grants to state and local governments.

AARP has estimated that premiums would increase for people starting at about age 46, and 40 percent of older adults ages 50-64 have a pre-existing condition that could mean being denied coverage outright.

Moreover, regulatory burdens should be reduced and greater cost transparency should be provided to strengthen the health care system, according to AMA.

In Massachusetts, more than 190,000 people are enrolled in subsidized insurance plans through the state's Health Connector. The House GOP bill, which was approved and moved to the Senate two weeks ago, would let states jettison that popular provision for people who have a gap in coverage.

Insurers wouldn't be able to decline coverage to these people, but they could make the premiums so high as to be prohibitive. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said the group discussed a number of ideas, including supporting congressional action so insurers can still receive Obamacare payments next year that subsidize coverage for low-income beneficiaries.


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