Under the Senate’s ACA Repeal Bill, Millions of Americans Would Face a Six-Month Waiting Period to Get Health Insurance

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<p>Senate Republicans this week added a provision to their bill aimed at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new provision replaces the ACA’s individual requirement to have health insurance or face a tax penalty with a requirement to maintain continuous coverage. Anyone who wants to buy insurance on their own will be forced to wait six months for their coverage to begin if they had a gap in coverage of more than 63 days in the prior year. </p><p>In a new post on <em>To the Point,</em> Sara Collins and Munira Gunja write that if such a policy were in effect in 2016, an estimated 21 million working-age adults would have been locked out of coverage for six months had they tried to buy a health plan in the individual market.</p>

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