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Amendment to ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill Likely to Increase Premiums and Decrease Covered Services for Many

New amendment to ACA repeal and replace bill will drop ban on higher premiums for patients with pre-existing conditions

Last week House Republicans released an amendment to their proposed repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. In an updated post on To the Point, The Commonwealth Fund’s David Blumenthal, M.D., and Sara Collins write that the amended American Health Care Act is still likely to significantly increase the numbers of uninsured Americans, raise the cost of insurance for many of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens, and cut and reconfigure the Medicaid program. The amendment offers states the option to apply for waivers to reduce the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections that are currently in place.

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