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IT'S BACK! And the Senate Health Care Bill is Worse Than Ever


 

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2017 – Senate leaders Thursday afternoon unveiled a revised bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As we communicated to you June 28, tremendous public opposition to an earlier version forced the Senate to abandon it.

That bill was reworked to try to secure needed votes for its passage. But the new version is worse than ever. It will be devastating to the health of women and many in our society who need health care the most. To understand how truly terrible this bill is, read the analysis below, which comes largely from our friends at the National Women’s Law Center.

 

What’s NEW

  • “Bare Bones” health insurance plans that will segregate older, sicker people into costly plans by destroying a fundamental concept of insurance: risk pools. Because they typically consume less health care, healthier, younger people will buy cheaper plans that only cover catastrophic health events, which will drive up the costs for those whose health requires them to rely on insurance for ongoing care.
  • Requires a 6-month waiting period for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage if their insurance lapses (after losing coverage, including the loss of a job with employer-provided coverage).
  • Allows insurance plans to opt out of important ACA provisions, such as no-cost birth control.

 

What’s REMAINS

- The end of Medicaid as we know it.

  • Essentially ends the Medicaid expansion by reducing federal contributions beginning in 2020 to those who qualify for the expansion provided by the ACA.
  • Ends coverage in 2019 of essential health benefits— like maternity coverage, prescription drug coverage, and mental health coverage—for those covered by the Medicaid expansion.
  • Allows states to eliminate Medicaid benefits beginning Oct. 1 for non-disabled, non-elderly, non-pregnant adults who do not meet punitive work requirements.

- Eventually eliminates the ACA’s cost-sharing subsides.

- Blocks Medicaid enrollees from receiving services from Planned Parenthood for one year.

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Effectively bans private insurance abortion coverage by denying tax credits to people who simply purchase a health plan that includes abortion coverage.

 

ARHP strongly opposes the bill. Please contact both of your senators NOW and let them know how you feel it:

  • Find your senators’ names and phone numbers at http://bit.ly/ARHP-Call-Senators.
  • When you call, ask for the staffer in charge of constituent calls regarding the health care bill. Below is a suggested script. If your call goes to voice mail, leave a message:

    Hello, my name is [your name] and I live in [city/state, with your zip code; the latter is important]. I oppose the revised health care bill. This bill is no better than the earlier version. It will rob tens of millions of Americans of critical health care coverage.

    I urge Sen. [your senator’s name] to vote “NO” on this bill and any legislation that decreases access to essential clinical care for Americans. Thank you.

PLEASE MAKE THESE CALLS NOW! And then ask friends and family to do the same.

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