*Update – American Health Care Act (AHCA) vote scheduled for tomorrow.*
The White House along with House Republican Leadership continue to swim upstream toward a vote on their health care reform plan. This morning two public no’s against the bill turned yes following a brief meeting with President Trump, setting off a new wave of speculation that a vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could be imminent.
The amendment, fashioned by Congressmen Fred Upton (R-MI) and Billy Long (R-MO), seeks to include $8 billion in funding to offset the expected premium increases for those cast into high risk pools established by the AHCA.
Analysis by Families USA shows the amendment falls woefully short of protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions, leaving up to 96% of them in the individual and small group market without protection from insurer discrimination. According to the Centers for American Progress, the attempt by the House GOP to help people with pre-existing conditions afford coverage through risk pools falls $200 billion … yeah with a B.
Late efforts to alter the bill, ultimately, do little to change its fundamental flaws. Eliminating protections for those with pre-existing conditions is a non-starter for ANA. We remain opposed to the bill and urge you to contact your Members of Congress immediately.
We’re hearing from Capitol Hill that House leaders are just a few votes shy of being able to pass their disastrous American Health Care Act this week – putting millions at risk of losing their coverage.
Not. On. Our. Watch. Help us jam the lines!
Call 202-224-3121 right now and press 2 at the prompt to reach your U.S. representative. Click here to confirm you call was completed when you’re done.
It’s clear that leaders in Congress don’t care how this bill impacts your patients and profession. So it’s up to your U.S. Representative to care about the people of your state who stand to lose health care if this bill passes. And it’s up to you to make sure that message gets through right now.
Call your U.S. Representative’s office at 202-224-3121 (press 2 at the prompt to reach your U.S. representative). Make sure they know that nurses in your state don’t want to see patients lose care! Your call will take only a minute, and with the vote imminent, this is the best way that you can make an impact.
With the 100-day mark bearing down on the Trump Administration, House Republicans are seeking to revive its previously stymied health reform bill, the American Health Care Act, in hopes of giving the President a win.
In March, House Republicans pulled the AHCA bill ahead of a full House vote because it lacked the requisite support. The House Freedom Caucus, a group of more than 40 of the most conservative members of the House Republican conference, refused to support a previous iteration of the AHCA for not going far enough in repealing provisions established by the Affordable Care Act.
In order to appeal to Freedom Caucus members and other powerful conservative interest groups, like the Club for Growth, Republican leaders added provisions to the AHCA that would allow states to opt out of the Essential Health Benefits and Community Rating Provisions. These provisions will gut critical consumer protections for pre-existing conditions, potentially leading to higher costs based on age, gender, and medical history. ANA previously opposed the House Republican plan in part because of its changes to Medicaid, which this bill converts into a per capita funding model that further imperils access to health care. The most recent changes to the AHCA are an even further departure from ANA’s principles.
ANA’s Government Affairs and Health Policy teams have been working to assess the impacts of this new version of the legislation on the health care system, and have been reaching out to key allies on Capitol Hill to voice our concerns. At this point, the House Freedom Caucus has decided to support this bill, which eliminates one of the biggest hurdles the bill faced. Advancement of this legislation now largely rests in the hands of more moderate, centrist House Republicans. To make your voice heard by reaching out to those members, visit the TrumpCare Toolkit here.
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